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North Carolina Central DB VanDyke shot to death

Field Level Media

March 04, 2020 at 1:18 am.

North Carolina Central defensive back Trevor VanDyke was shot to death in Durham, N.C., the school’s chancellor announced Tuesday.

The shooting happened at the Campus Crossings apartments, according to multiple reports. VanDyke’s body was found around 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday night not far from the scene.

“As a coach, this is like the worse phone call you can ever get,” North Carolina Central coach Trei Oliver told WTVD of Raleigh.

VanDyke reportedly tried to drive away from the scene after being shot before crashing his car.

North Carolina Central chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye sent out a message to students with news of VanDyke’s death.

“Our community has been shaken by the sudden and tragic death of one of our first-year students,” Akinleye wrote. “It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that Mr. Trevor VanDyke was killed on March 2, 2020, in a shooting at an off-campus apartment complex. He entered NCCU in August 2019 and was a graduate of Clayton High School in Clayton, N.C.

“Mr. VanDyke’s death is currently being investigated as a homicide by the Durham Police Department.”

VanDyke redshirted during the 2019 season.

“We lost a great young man last night,” Oliver told The News & Observer of Raleigh. “We prayed together. We talked about it’s going to hurt and it’s going to be a tough process to get through it, but we’re going to have to just lean on each other. We’ll get through it, it’s going to be tough, but with prayer and guys leaning on each other we’ll be able to get through it.”