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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thunder Collins Charged With Murder

From KETV news,

Former Nebraska running back Thunder Collins was arrested late Wednesday morning, almost 24-hours after one person was shot to death and a second person was wounded in a shooting near 70th Street and Military Avenue in Omaha. Police said Timothy Thomas was killed in the shooting. Thomas' body was found in a house at 3902 N. 70th Circle. Marshall Turner was critically injured in a nearby shooting, police said. Turner was found in a parking lot of the Baymont Inn at 72nd and Grover streets. Police believe the two shootings are connected.

An arrest warrant issued Wednesday morning for Collins accused him of first-degree murder, and attempted second-degree murder. Collins also faces felony weapons charges. Earlier Wednesday, police arrested another man, Karnell Burton on suspicion of criminal homicide, attempted first-degree murder, and two weapons charges.

A third man, Ahmad W. Johnson, 21, was also named in the same arrest warrant. Johnson is now a suspect in connection with the shooting. Thunder Collins was part of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football program during the 2000, and 2001 seasons. Since his departure, Collins has had several legal problems, and in 2002, he served 135 days in jail for failing to complete a diversion program following his arrest for domestic violence. Most recently, Collins reported the theft of $13,500 from a fundraising event in Lincoln in August, 2008. Lincoln police said Collins was a host of the event, but the money belonged to a theater, and the production company Owe Boy Productions.

This is terrible news for the victims' families, Thunder Collins, and college football. It never ceases to amaze me how some athletes that are given every opportunity and resource in the world somehow never can be rehabilitated. It has to be frustrating for his mentors, coaches, teachers, and teammates who I am sure went above and beyond their job description to help this kid out in every way they could only to have him turn around and do shit like this.