Report: Former Purdue quarterback Eric Hunter murdered in Virginia
According to WAVY-TV, former Purdue quarterback Eric Hunter was killed in a shooting in Hamption, Virginia on Wednesday night.
Gunshots at the parking lot of a local KFC/Taco Bell prompted officers to the scene. When they arrived at the scene, they found a man dead with several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.
On Thursday, that man was identified as Hunter:
At noon, family tells me the man killed in Hampton this morning is former Purdue standout QB Eric Hunter. Started at Hampton high also. pic.twitter.com/kcCHqgs6ZQ
— Matt Gregory (@WAVY10MATT) July 6, 2017
Hunter was 46 years old. The former Purdue quarterback was 25 years removed from his football career in West Lafayette.
At Purdue, Hunter threw for 5,598 yards (he left ranked fourth in school history), 33 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He also rushed for 386 yards and 12 touchdowns from 1989-92.
Hunter had run-ins with the law after he left Purdue. He was arrested for residential entry and resisting law enforcement for an incident in 1994. According to Hammer and Rails, Hunter also once escaped a psychiatric facility and was later apprehended.
That marked the second time in three months that a former Purdue football player lost his life in a shooting. Boilermaker cornerback Michael Eargle was shot in killed in Elizabeth, N.J. in April.