Division III Star Running Back Died On Thursday From a Robbery Attempt

Division III Star Running Back Died On Thursday From a Robbery Attempt

Did you hear about the death of Tim McNearney? If you said no, it's understandable. After all, as John Morse of SB Nation's Bring On The Cats, points out, "As of last night, there was not a single headline in any major national sports news outlet about this tragedy. Not on ESPN.com, not on CBSSports.com, not on SI.com, not on SportingNews.com."

McNearney was a running back who played for the Division III football team, Washington & Jefferson. Before his tragic death, the senior was named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference all-conference team twice and had amassed some solid stats so far this season. Then, the poor 21-year-old became the victim of "a robbery gone awry." 

The lieutenant said Mr. McNerney and a friend, 22-year-old Zach DeCicco of Jefferson Hills, were walking home about 2:30 a.m. when a group of as many as six men attacked them near Lombardi's repair shop.

The men demanded cell phones and money and began beating Mr. DeCicco, who fled as fast as he could and lost sight of his friend, police said. Mr. Decicco fled to his dorm, where he and his friends contacted campus police, who then contacted Washington city police at 2:54 a.m.

Security guards and police combed the area where the robbery occurred and did not see Mr. McNerney. When friends passed through later, shortly before 4 a.m., they found Mr. McNerney unresponsive.

Medica took him to the Washington Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 4:42 a.m., according to Coroner Tim Warco. The coroner determined during an autopsy that Mr. McNerney died of blunt force trauma to the head and ruled the death a homicide.

Washington police said Mr. McNerney's wounds were to the back of the head and that they do not suspect weapons were used. They said they did not see any signs that Mr. McNerney fought his attackers.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McNearney family, his teammates and all those that got to know him at Washington & Jefferson. 


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[via Deadspin]

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