Victim identified in Blacksburg homicide; Hokies linebacker charged; VT issues statement

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UPDATE 6 p.m.: WFXR News has learned that Isimemen Etute has been scheduled for a hearing in Montgomery County District Court on Thursday.

Etute, a Virginia Tech student and athlete, has been placed on interim suspension, effective immediately.

The suspension also includes his standing with the Virginia Tech football team.


UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Virginia Tech has issued a statement on the arrest of Isimemen Etute, a linebacker with the Virginia Tech Hokies, who has been charged with second degree murder.

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.

The Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg communities are united in our shared concern for the welfare of all. Together, we denounce all acts of violence and stand together in support of one another. You don’t need to be close to this to be affected by this. If you need assistance or support, you are encouraged to reach out for help. University and community resources are listed below.

Those with information related to this case should contact to Lt. Josh Teubert of the Blacksburg Police Department at 540-443-1424. Information from the Blacksburg Police Department may be found at the Town of Blacksburg website. Any updates from the university will be posted to the university’s news and information website, vtx.vt.edu.

Those in the Virginia Tech community who need assistance or counseling support may contact:

Better Together

Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557.

Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787. Referral to a campus cleric may be made through this office.

Employee Assistance Program

— Anthem at 855-223-9277

— Aetna at 888-238-6232

— Kaiser Permanente at 866-517-7042

— Optima Health Vantage HMO at 866-846-2682

Hokie Wellness at 540-231-2233 (students) or 540-231-8878 (employees)

Office of Housing and Residence Life at 540-231-6205

Women’s Center at Virginia Tech at 540-231-7806


UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Police in Blacksburg have identified the victim in Tuesday night’s homicide.

The Blacksburg Police Department says 40-year-old Jerry Smith of Blacksburg, died in the incident.

The investigation revealed that Smith and Isimemen Etute — who was charged with second degree murder in connection with Smith’s death — were acquaintances.

Witnesses have been identified and interviewed, and are cooperating with the investigation, police say. Officers say that they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public.

Etute, a linebacker with the Virginia Tech Hokies, is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Police in Blacksburg have charged a man with murder in connection with a Tuesday night homicide.

According to the Blacksburg Police Department, officers responded to 119 North Main Street for a welfare check at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1 and found a dead man at the scene.

Detectives were called to begin the investigation surrounding the man’s death, which was ruled a homicide.

During the investigation, police say Isimemen Etute — a linebacker with the Virginia Tech Hokies — was identified as a “person of interest” and was later charged with second degree murder.

Etute is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

If you have information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400 or the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at (540) 961-1819, where you can remain anonymous.

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