MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota football player killed early Sunday had returned to downtown Minneapolis after players awakened him and asked him to come with them to help a player who allegedly had been robbed, his high school coach said.
Brandon Hall, 19, died early Sunday morning after he was shot once through the heart. Just hours before, he had played his first game for the Golden Gophers, who defeated Southwest Texas State 42-0.
Darrell Rich, the high school coach, said he was called by a Golden Gophers coach and later learned that Hall had been awakened by teammates who asked him to go with them to the Warehouse District.
Hall (71, left) attempted to block a pass against Southwest Texas State Saturday night at the Metrodome. Hours after playing in his first college game, the 19-year-old was shot to death during an argument outside a downtown Minneapolis bar. (AP Photos)
"If someone came and said, 'Brandon, we're going to go back up to the club,' he'd be willing. But I know for a fact he wouldn't be looking for trouble," Rich said. "If anything, Brandon was probably going to go settle the whole thing, make peace with the whole situation. That was his way, all the time."
However, Kathleen Stewart, the mother of one of the suspects, said Monday that one of the other suspects told her that a fight, not a robbery, led to a Gopher players' gold chain breaking outside the South Beach Club.
Later, Stewart said, some Gophers players and their friends found and surrounded her son and the two other suspects who were later arrested in the shooting.
Minnesota football coach Glen Mason reflected on the life of defensive lineman Brandon Hall at a news conference Sunday.
On Sunday, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington described the incident as a robbery of the gold chain, in which one Gopher was punched. The players had accused the men of assaulting Gophers player Damian Haye and ripping the gold chain from his neck, police said.
Police said charges were expected in the slaying. A handgun was recovered, and the three men were being held in the Hennepin County jail. The alleged gunman is a 28-year-old suspected gang member from Minneapolis who has more than 80 police contacts as a suspect, witness or victim in crimes.
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