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NMSU Football Player Dies in Shooting

July 8, 2006

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ New Mexico State linebacker Shana Leaupepe, who was set to be a starter this season, was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Leaupepe, 21, died Friday in Long Beach, Calif., coach Hal Mumme said Saturday. Leaupepe was visiting family when he was killed.

``Shana was an outstanding young man, and we are shocked that this has happened,″ Mumme said in a statement. ``Shana was a wonderful friend and teammate, and our hearts go out to his family. We’ve lost a special young man whose time at New Mexico State left a lasting mark on our coaches, players and staff.″

Leaupepe led West Los Angeles College with 56 tackles in 2004, helping his team to a conference championship. In his two years at the college, he tallied more than 100 tackles and was named an all-Conference selection twice. He transferred to New Mexico State in 2005 and redshirted that season.

Mumme said Leaupepe will be buried in American Samoa.

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