Lenoir-Rhyne football player found shot to death inside vehicle in North Carolina

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HICKORY, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A sophomore football player at Lenoir-Ryne University was shot and killed early Saturday morning while he was sitting in the passenger seat of a car outside an apartment complex, the Hickory Police Department said Saturday.

Officers responded about 1 a.m. to calls about gunshots in the area of the Civitan Court Apartments at 405 17th Ave and found Omari Alexander, 19. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

A police report said he was sitting in the passenger’s seat of a Chevy Camaro that was running idle in the apartment complex’s parking lot when officers arrived.

Alexander played football at Lenoir-Rhyne, the school said on its social media accounts. The team was scheduled to play Saturday at Bowie State at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

Alexander attended Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, according to the team’s website. Mallard Creek was the subject of a massive brawl this week during school hours that resulted in 17 people being charged.

Police have not identified a suspect, and the investigation is continuing.

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