BREAKING: 18-Year-Old Virginia Tech Linebacker Arrested On Murder Charge

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Isimemen Etute’s football career is over, and now his freedom is at jeopardy after he got arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is currently being held without bond.

Police were called the night of June 1 for a welfare check when they found a man dead. Investigators ruled it a homicide. According to, 18-year-old Etute was arrested this morning and charged with the crime.

Etute, a native of Virginia Beach, enrolled at Virginia Tech in January. He has officially been suspended from the football program.

“Blacksburg Police continues to lead this ongoing investigation, and the university will assist law enforcement agencies working the case in any way it can,” Virginia Tech said in a statement a short time ago.

Statement from Virginia Tech Vice President Frank Shushok, Jr.

Dear Hokie students and all members of our community,

It is with deep regret that I share with you news concerning the arrest today of a fellow student who has been charged in the death of a Blacksburg community member.

I wanted you to hear this news directly from me.

Our hearts are broken when we experience violence in our community. Even if you do not know those involved personally, hearing this news is hard, painful, and confusing.

More information will be available as the investigation unfolds.

In the meantime, please take care of yourselves.

As always, Virginia Tech has many resources to support you including the Dean of Students Office and the Cook Counseling Center.

If you are struggling or need assistance, please do not delay in reaching out.

Please know I stand with you in collective shock and grief.