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Isi Etute is a true freshman from Virginia Beach.

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Virginia Tech freshman linebacker Isi Etute, 18, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, according to WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia.

Per the report, Blacksburg police responded to a welfare check at around 10:30 p.m. on June 1 at 119 N. Main Street and found a deceased male. Investigators ruled the death a homicide. Etute was initially named a person of interest and was later arrested.

He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Etute is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach. He committed to Virginia Tech on July 11, 2020, and signed with the Hokies in December. He enrolled in January.

Virginia Tech released a statement saying it was aware of the charges, and Etute was suspended from the football team. His profile has already been removed from VT’s official website.

Blacksburg Police have announced the arrest of a Virginia Tech student in connection to the death of a Blacksburg resident early Wednesday morning.

The student arrested is Isimemen Etute of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a freshman majoring in human development. Etute has been charged with second-degree murder. In the case of a felony arrest, the university has the authority to place a student on immediate interim suspension.

In addition, Etute, a member of the football team, has been suspended from the team, effective immediately.

Blacksburg Police continues to lead this ongoing investigation, and the university will assist law enforcement agencies working the case in any way it can.

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