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Football Player, Woman Found Dead On Miami Campus

April 13, 1996

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ A Miami football player and a woman were slain Saturday in a campus apartment attack discovered by a student who found his door blocked by a bloody body.

Marlin Barnes, 22, a reserve linebacker for the Hurricanes, and the unidentified woman were killed in a ``double homicide,″ police said. They were found in the apartment at about 7:30 a.m.

Police said Barnes had ``sustained trauma″ but did not elaborate. The woman was found in an adjacent room, wounded and in critical condition. She was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she died.

Metro-Dade Police Detective Tony Carvajal said he didn’t know the method, motive or weapon used. Carvajal said police were trying to confirm the woman’s identity, but said she apparently was not a student.

The victims were found by a student who returned home to find his apartment door obstructed. He peered inside and saw a man lying against the door in a pool of blood, police said.

A black Explorer which Barnes had borrowed was parked behind the three-story apartment complex with two slashed tires. Police had covered the license plate.

University president Edward Foote called the murders ``an unspeakable tragedy.″

``When young people die ... it’s a terrible, terrible loss,″ he said.

Foote said the slayings had shaken the school, and said a rumor hotline had been set up to calm fears.

``Our students are strong, good people,″ Foote said. ``But this has been a terrible shock to everybody.″

Counselors were brought to campus to calm students and security was sharply increased, Foote said. The president of the 70-year-old private university said he remembered a murder just off campus a dozen years ago, but did not remember a murder on campus.

Miami football coach Butch Davis said ``losing a member of the football team is like losing a member of your own family.″

``There is no way words can express the emotion and the tragedy felt throughout the athletic department,″ he said.

Barnes was a reserve linebacker last year, when the Hurricanes went 8-3 and missed a bowl game because of NCAA sanctions. He was a rising junior who hoped to challenge for a starting job this year.

Davis said the 6-foot, 220-pounder was named the most improved player during spring practice and was looking forward to a great season.

He was a native of North Miami and grew up in a housing project there, said Greg Love, who said he was a longtime friend.

``He never did nothing to nobody,″ Love said. ``This guy was a good student, a peaceful young man.

``This guy was going to be the starting linebacker,″ Love said. ``We are going to miss him, man.″

On Sunday, the university was offering a ``welcome session″ for entering freshmen and transfers. About 1,200 students were expected.

``We will discuss this openly,″ Foote said. ``We are not going to hide behind anything.″

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