The June 1 arrest of Hokies linebacker Isimemen "Isi" David Etute in Blacksburg has become a national news story. Etute is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jerry Paul Smith, a restaurant worker.

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“The tragedy to me is however this person presented themselves, they are a human being,” said Roanoke City Council member Joe Cobb. “The offender clearly consented to this and could have made a decision to leave — and instead of leaving, made a decision to kill someone.”

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CHRISTIANSBURG — A now suspended Virginia Tech football player told police he punched a sexual partner five times in the face and stomped on him after discovering the person he thought was a woman was actually a man, according to arguments presented Wednesday in a Montgomery County courtroom.

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CHRISTIANSBURG — Virginia Tech football player Ismemen David Etute will be back in Montgomery County General District Court on Wednesday morning for a bond hearing.

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Centro Taco Bar thanked "the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech communities for your ongoing support."

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On Friday, Radford lawyer Jimmy Turk said he is now representing Ismemen David Etute, 18, a Virginia Tech freshman charged with killing Smith.

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Blacksburg police announced Thursday that investigators are looking into reports that customers were drugged at a town restaurant.

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The state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke said an autopsy determined that Jerry Paul Smith died from a blunt force injury to the head.

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A freshman on the Virginia Tech football team has been arrested and accused of murder in a death discovered Tuesday night.

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Virginia Tech landed a verbal commitment from three-star in-state linebacker Isi Etute on Saturday afternoon.