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Former Purdue DB Michael Eargle, 28, Shot And Killed In NJ Hometown

A former Purdue football player was shot and killed in his New Jersey hometown yesterday.

Michael Eargle, 28, was killed Tuesday afternoon in his hometown of Elizabeth, N.J., according to

Eargle, who was working for the city's housing authority, was killed near the Elizabeth YMCA.


A large group of people who appeared to be friends and relatives of the victim went under the police tape and approached the scene. They left a few minutes later, visibly distraught. One woman, overcome with emotion, fell to the ground and was attended to by paramedics.

"I was sitting over there in my car and saw three groups fighting and then they started running," said a witness who asked not to be named. "Then I heard five or six shots."

A graduate of Elizabeth High School, Eargle attended Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College before transferring to Purdue. He played for the Boilermakers in 2010 and 2011.

In 2010, Eargle appeared in seven games, making two starts. He compiled seven tackles. Eargle played in five games in 2011, making one tackle.

It has been a tough week for Purdue. Current Boiler defensive back Andrew Chelf was shot near campus on Sunday, but was not severely injured.