Ex-Washburn HS star Cedric Chappell charged with murder - KMSP-TV

Fmr Washburn HS football player charged with murder

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Cedric Chappell Jr. (Barnes County, N.D. jail booking photo) Cedric Chappell Jr. (Barnes County, N.D. jail booking photo)

A former Washburn High School football star has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a deadly shooting outside the Blue Nile in Minneapolis last weekend.

Cedric Chappell Jr., 21, was taken into custody Tuesday on the campus of Valley City State University in North Dakota. He was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 22-year-old Willie Smith III, of St. Paul, and attempted second-degree murder for shooting at another man.

Investigators learned there had been an altercation inside the Blue Nile that spilled over into an adjacent parking lot at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. At some point, two groups outside began shooting at one another.

Smith was shot in the chest and died. The other victim was shot in the leg and survived.

Chappell graduated from Minneapolis' Washburn High School in 2011, where he was a standout football and basketball player. His athletic success continued at Valley City State University (NAIA), where he was leading the Vikings in receiving yards and touchdowns.

Mark Potts, sports information director at Valley City State, released the following statement: "Cedric Chappell Jr. has been suspended from the team and the University. The school cannot comment any further."

Chappell was at the Barnes County, N.D. jail Wednesday morning, booked on murder and attempted murder charges and awaiting pickup from Minneapolis police.

When police questioned Chappell about the shooting, he admitted to being there and hearing gunshots. He also told police the clothes he was wearing were similar to descriptions given by the surviving victim.

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