Victim identified in Blacksburg homicide; Hokies linebacker charged


UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Police in Blacksburg have identified the victim in Tuesday night’s homicide.

According to the Blacksburg Police Department, Jerry Smith, 40, of Blacksburg died in the incident.

The investigation revealed that Smith and Isimemen Etute, a person of interest in the case, were acquaintances.

Witnesses have been identified and interviewed, and are cooperating with the investigation, according to police. Officers added that they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public.

Etute, a linebacker with the Virginia Tech Hokies, is currently in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Virginia Tech released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Etute has been suspended from the football team “effective immediately.”

“The Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg communities are united in our shared concern for the welfare of all,” the university said in its statement. “Together, we denounce all acts of violence and stand together in support of one another. You don’t need to be close to this to be affected by this. If you need assistance or support, you are encouraged to reach out for help. University and community resources are listed below.”

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Police in Blacksburg are actively investigating a a homicide.

Police say the incident took place on Monday, June 1 at 10:30 p.m.

At that time, officers responded to 119 North Main Street for a welfare check.

Officers located a man who was dead.

Detectives were called to begin the investigation surrounding the man’s death.

During the investigation, Isimemen Etute, a linebacker with the Virginia Tech Hokies, was identified as a “person of interest” and was later charged with Second Degree Murder.

Etute is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

If you have information about this incident, you are asked to contact Blacksburg Police at (540) 443-1400 or the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at (540) 961-1819, where you can remain anonymous.

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