Cedric Chappell Jr., former Washburn standout, allegedly murdered man outside Blue Nile

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Cedric Chappell Jr.'s North Dakota booking photo.
-- Update at bottom --

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.

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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.

:::: UPDATE ::::

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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madbuddha67
madbuddha67

@keny1: I'll get the rope, find the sturdy branch, hell, I'll even tie a noose... All you need to do is put it around your neck and jump... Stupid peckerwood... go mate with your kinfolk...

keny1
keny1

I can't wait for his mama going on the news proclaiming, "Oh no! This was not muh bay-bay. He wuz a good kid! He neva done did noffin; wrong! He wuz jus turning hiz life aroun........."

Sub-human degenerates.

Get a rope.

Get a sturdy branch.

And................

Git Er Done!!

The race war is just beginning. And the winners of the war will will be white people who own guns legally. 

keny1
keny1

Did he get the gun legally?

LOL!

Divious DaGod
Divious DaGod

the turnout would've been that way regardless due to lack of promo. this shooting didn't effect the show, the promoters did.

Calvin Russell Thwing
Calvin Russell Thwing

Man I went to school with this guy, and sadly many Washburn alumni go down this same path.

Jahana Berry
Jahana Berry

Divious DaGod, did u know about this before we went...? Kinda scary, but it does explain the turn out.

Jahana Berry
Jahana Berry

IDK, if you live by the sword, you DIE by the sword...! Sounds like if this guy hadn't need up a victim - he would have ended up an OFFENDER. It's a tough stand to take... But ask yourself, would you honestly rather this guy had LIVED TO SHOOT ANOTHER DAY...??!! I'm not happy to agree with Edward - but I do. ;-/

Zack Chazin
Zack Chazin

Does it really matter? Who cares about the details, really tho. This should of never even been considered a news story.

really
really

I pray that they find the gun responsible for this crime and put it behind bars.  

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Sometimes these killings are a public service any background on the deceased?

keny1
keny1

and the band marches on..............................

toby_true
toby_true

@Diane Rasmussen > He wasted 22 years of EBT allotments.

keny1
keny1

@Calvin Russell Thwing 

That's because they are all victims of racism, oppression, and slavery. 

keny1
keny1

@toby_true 

Not to mention the free tuition he got at his school.

keny1
keny1

If only if we lived in a non-oppressive society where young black men could attain an education, go off to college, and get the same privilege as their white counterparts do, this tragedy would never have happened. Instead, he will spend the rest of his life in prison because he was a slave to the white oppressive country that he lives in. 

As a white man, I am ashamed of myself. I think that it is high time for all white men in this nation to give away all of their possessions to the black people whom we have enslaved. We all know that black-on-black crime is all due to us. We owe them something.   


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