Cedric Chappell Jr., former Washburn standout, allegedly murdered man outside Blue Nile
Cedric Chappell Jr.'s North Dakota booking photo.
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Cedric Chappell Jr., a standout athlete at Washburn High School in Minneapolis who plays football for Valley City State University in North Dakota, has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with a fatal shooting that happened outside the Blue Nile around 2:15 a.m. Saturday.
Willie Smith, a 22-year-old St. Paul resident, was killed in the shooting, and another man was injured. Authorities say the violence stemmed from a bar fight that was broken up about two hours earlier. A crowd near the intersection of 21st Avenue and Franklin Avenue dispersed, but some involved in the dispute returned later with guns, police say.
A KFGO blog post details Chappell Jr.'s athletic exploits:
Cedric Chappell Jr. had an excellent high school football career at Minneapolis Washburn and was selected to play in the 2011 Minnesota High School Football All-Star Game at TCF Bank Field...
Chappell, a receiver, was having a nice season for [Valley City State]. He had 12 catches for 232 yards and 5 touchdowns. His best game came Sept. 21 against Trinity Bible College when he had 5 catches for 105 yards and a TD...
He was also a good basketball player in high school. Chappell averaged about 13 points a game his senior year at Washburn, leading the Millers to a 21-6 record.
Chappell Jr. was arrested on campus in Valley City Monday. He's been suspended from school and will soon be transported back to Hennepin County.
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Today, Hennepin County officials released details of the criminal complaint against Chappell Jr. From the charging document:
On or about September 28, 2013, at approximately 2:09 a.m., Minneapolis police responded to shots fired in the area of the Blue Nile Nightclub, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Upon arrival, police observed evidence of numerous gunshots. There were several discharged bullet casings in the area and cars with bullet holes in them. Investigation revealed that there had been an altercation inside the Blue Nile that spilled over into an adjacent parking lot. At some point, two groups outside began shooting at one another.
During the shootout, two identified males (Victim 1 and Victim 2) were approached by one of the shooters, a black male wearing a red shirt. This male shot Victim 2 in the chest. Victim 1 attempted to run from the suspect, who then shot Victim 1 in the leg. Victim 1 was able to limp to a nearby fire station. Victim 2 only made it a few more yards before he collapsed. Victim 2 was dead when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Subsequent medical examination would reveal that Victim 2 died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
In a recorded interview, an identified male would inform police that he was personally familiar with the suspect, who he identified as CEDRIC CHAPPELL JR, DOB 7/09/1992 (defendant). Police administered a six person sequential lineup to this male, who positively identified the defendant as the person who shot Victim 1 and Victim 2.
The defendant is a student at Valley City State University in North Dakota. Police contacted the defendant to ask him about the incident, and he admitted being present at the scene and hearing gunshots. He also admitted to dressing in a manner consistent with how he was described by Victim 1.
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