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Published October 02, 2013, 06:36 PM

Valley City State football star charged with murder

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - A sophomore football star from Valley City State is behind bars after authorities say he was the shooter in a Minneapolis murder over the weekend.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - A sophomore football star from Valley City State is behind bars after authorities say he was the shooter in a Minneapolis murder over the weekend.

Police arrested 21-year-old Cedric Chappell Jr. on campus last night during practice.

He's now charged with second degree murder and second degree attempted murder.

Authorities say Chappell shot one man in the chest Saturday in Minneapolis. That man died at the scene.

Another was injured. Chappell had been back on campus and on the football field all this week.

His arrest has left classmates and team mates stunned.

Students at Valley City State are shaken after learning that one of their football stars – shown in this video scoring a touchdown with number 3 on his chest - was arrested.

Bernard Vinson, Football Teammate: "it really surprised the heck out of me"

Teammate Bernard Vinson says it happened last night during practice.

Vinson: “I didn't really know anything until practice was over. I didn't see Cedric leave the field."

But later he learned that Cedric Chappell Junior was being held on murder charges.

Vinson: "it's kind of scary to know that he's in that type of situation."

Cass Rings, Freshman: "It kind of shocked me that, when I woke up this morning, I was just hoping for an email to get out of class and I saw that and was like, whoa."

Teammates say Chappell was a great person on the field. He had just transferred to Valley City State in January, to play receiver for the Vikings.

Vinson: "you know our coach just told us not to worry too much about it, but you know, Cedric is obviously a big loss to us"

The football standout who came to Valley City State from NDSCS is now suspended from school.

Steven Shirley, Valley City State President: “With the magnitude of the charges involved and obviously the incident here, the charges, it's beyond obviously what we ever deal with on a day to day basis."

A routine that's usually low-key here at Valley City State, that students and staff hope soon gets back to normal

Vinson: "You know, not something you see every day."

Chappell is currently behind bars in Barnes County, being held without bond.

Chappell made his first court appearance this morning and may be extradited to Hennepin County.

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