Football Player, Woman Found Dead On UM Campus
Apr. 13, 1996
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ A University of Miami football player and a woman were found dead Saturday at a campus apartment, but police wouldn't immediately disclose the identities of the victims.
``The only thing I can tell you is there were two people found in an apartment on the campus,'' said Brian Callaway, of Metro-Dade police. ``One is a student-athlete and one is a female.''
Police declined to talk about details of the case and were waiting for university athletic officials to release a statement.
The name of the athlete was not released until next of kin could be notified. WINZ radio and students at the scene said the victim was a football player
University president Tad Foote said the deaths had shaken the school and a rumor hotline has been set up to calm fears.
``Our students are strong, good people,'' Foote said. ``But this has been a terrible shock to everybody.''
Mike Matthews Sr., a student, said the murders were a shock, but added that fellow students shouldn't be afraid on campus.
``I don't think just because you go to this school you should be scared or you should change your feelings about this university,'' he said.
Tyce Routson, a 19-year-old Miami student, said he woke up around 9:30 a.m. and found police cars and officers around the dorm building.
The parking lot was cordoned off with yellow tape and police were conferring inside the complex and offering few comments.
A black Explorer with slashed tires was parked behind the three-story apartment complex where the bodies were found. Police covered the license plate of the Explorer.
Police were questioning students who lived in the dorm to find out what happened.
The bodies reportedly were found when a student tried to get in the apartment, but found the door obstructed.