Two black males aged 22 and 18 were allegedly breaking into an apartment complex in Denton, TX on Christmas Eve. A handgun saved Christmas and both of the invaders were shot and killed.
One of the invaders turned out to be a football player for Howard University.
The perp had received widespread media attention last September for a 70-yard touchdown against Rutgers.
An attempted robbery at a north Texas home left a promising Howard University football player dead during his holiday break, local reports said.
Terrence Neal Tusan, 22, was identified as one of two suspects discovered shot to death at a Denton apartment complex over the weekend after allegedly breaking into a home, authorities told the Denton Record-Chronicle.
He and Jakobi Dmon Gipson, 18, of Arlington, Tex., are accused of masking their faces and forcing their way into an apartment Sunday before gunfire erupted.
Tusan’s body was found outside the apartment in the 1500 block of Meadow St. Gipson’s body was discovered inside the apartment, police said.
The news shocked his mother, Donna Tusan, who last saw him Sunday to watch the Dallas Cowboys.
The Howard senior came home for Howard University’s holiday break and boasted about his grades.
“He was very happy with his grades,” his mother told the Record-Chronicle. “We were going to do some more Christmas shopping.”
Police are not sure if the attempted robbery was drug-related, but the victims have since moved out of their apartment.
Two handguns were recovered at the apartment – one on a victim’s person and another with the suspects, the newspaper reported.
Tusan played football at Euless Trinity High School before playing three seasons with the Howard Bisons.
The private university in Washington D.C. took note of Tusan’s death in a statement released Tuesday.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Tusan family at this difficult time,” a spokesperson wrote.
His 70-yard touchdown with only 5:22 left in a Sept. 2014 game against Rutgers had a mention in the Daily News, despite his team’s loss.
Tusan’s brother, Joe, also a football player, was killed in 2004 during a hit-and-run described as a racially motivated incident. The 18-year-old was riding in the back of a pickup truck that was rear ended and knocked off the road, according to a story published by the Oklahoman in 2005.
Courtesy of NY Daily News