Ex- NFL Player Murdered In Dispute Over Parking Space

Anthony "TJ" Cunningham was gunned down by his neighbor Marcus Johnson over a parking space in front of their homes.

Centennial, Co – A former National Football League (NFL) player was fatally shot by a neighbor in a dispute over a parking space.

Anthony “T.J.” Cunningham, 46, had been in a long-running argument with his across-the-street neighbor, 31-year-old Marcus Johnson, over a parking space in front of their houses, KGUN reported.

Cunningham’s brother told police that he and his brother had agreed to meet Johnson in the parking lot of Eaglecrest High School in Centennial at 9 a.m. on Feb. 17 to “box it out,” meaning they would fight.

But once they arrived at the high school parking lot, Johnson and Cunningham began yelling and cursing at each other.

They were walking towards each other across the pavement when Johnson pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the former Seattle Seahawks football player, KGUN reported.

Johnson fired three shots and struck Cunningham in his head and chest.

Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call they received at 9:20 a.m. from the Eaglecrest parking lot for a report of a man shot and covered in blood, according to KGUN.

When deputies were en route to the high school, Johnson called 911 and informed the dispatcher that he had shot his neighbor, was inside his home, and that he had left his weapon locked in his vehicle parked out front.

Cunningham, the father of five children, was transported by ambulance to Parker Adventist Hospital where he died on Feb. 18, KGUN reported.

Johnson was arrested and ordered held without bond on a charge of first degree murder.

“I expect him to remain in place,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler told KCNC. “There isn’t any amount of money on the planet Earth at this moment that could get him out of custody.”

Johnson has a history of criminal charges that includes assault and weapons possession.

Cunningham was a cornerback and wide receiver who played college football at University of Colorado – Boulder in the 1990s when the team was ranked in the Top 25 in the nation, according to the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Cunningham played in nine games for the Seahawks before he injured his knee and was released by the team.

He went on to become the assistant principal and a coach at Hinkley High School, where he was considered a positive and influential role model for the students, KCNC reported.

Comments (27)
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HFD120
HFD120

A District Attorney with principles....not playing to a private agenda....like say Baltimore.

Kevcali
Kevcali

Why does anybody need to "box it out" or any sort of violence to settle things? Complete stupidity in my book. Bless our LEOs who try to keep the peace'

KBChicago
KBChicago

That’s direction from the State’s Attorney office to the District atty office. This wouldn’t happen in the world I live in (Chicago) due to the agendas of Kim Foxx/Preckwinkle. Epitome of ineptness.

KBChicago
KBChicago

Kevcali Boxing makes a hell of a lot more sense than shooting at each other as they do here in Chicago. Anyone who has ever been in the “heat of battle” would tell you the very same thing.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Sad very sad

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

A shame that someone who had such a positive affect on the community would have thier lives cut short like this!!!!

JLo1
JLo1

Positive roll model who is on his way to "box it out" (fist fight) his neighbor??? Ahhhhhh, NO!!!!!

Badge204
Badge204

Typical of the mentality of NFL PLAYERS

Scattered
Scattered

I wonder if he knew his neighbor well? It said that he "agreed to meet" meaning he was asked to meet there. If so it was definitely premeditated murder. He brought a gun expecting to use it. He deserves to never get out!

RPG156
RPG156

Just a shame. Now... no one gets that parking spot...

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

We dont care to read about the NFL EX or Present. They dont care to stand for the National Anthem and we dont care want happens to them even though tragic.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

No one "wins". They are both fools to be spoiled ignorant children over a parking spot. 1 is dead and 1 in jail ....Wooo hoo....WOW !!...they sure showed em and that parking spot is now laughing its curb off.

Crustydemon
Crustydemon

Bummer, but no fucks given... 👴🏼🖕🏻

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

How damned stupid! One guy loses his life! One guy loses his freedom!

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

NWG. Happens all the time. BLM. #truferblue

Rayb
Rayb

I wonder if he thinks it’s worth it now... as he sits behind bars... has the rest of his life to think about that parking space he’ll never see again..

Any_One
Any_One

"parking space in front of their homes" indicates it's a public street/public parking, anyone can park anywhere they want to on it. Whoever complained took this to the next level.

Divadeb
Divadeb

I feel so bad for Mr Cunningham&his children. He did not have to be shot. He had a life&a positive one at that. RIP😢🙏

barton4950
barton4950

Some people are so fucking stupid there's just NO explanation...

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Is this black on black crime? I thought the liberal government in Colorado had things under control? And why did Mr former NFL go to fight like a juvenile? STUPID! Incredibly STUPID!! Were there both democrats?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Black people killing black people. What a surprise!🤔