A Central State University football player from Country Club Hills was killed Friday morning in a Dayton, Ohio, club shootout, police say.
Kordero D. Hunter, 21, of Country Club Hills was shot in the chest during an altercation believed to have stemmed from a dispute inside the club,
Club security escorted some of the people involved in the argument outside. Witnesses then saw a woman handing a handgun to a man who had been escorted out of the club.
Hunter and another man were hit in the chest from the gunfire. They were both taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where Kordero Hunter died of gunshot wounds to the chest.
Hunter graduated from Hillcrest High School. He was a defensive back for Northern Illinois University before attending Central State University.
An arrest warrant was issued for 30-year-old Jason Dashaun Shern, and police were searching for him Friday.
NBC 5 caught up with the Hunter's devastated family in Country Club Hills.
"He had no police problems, he had no drug problems. He was going to be an upright person," the victim's grandmother, Harriet Young, said. "He wasn't doing anything he should not have been doing, and that's the part that hurts so bad,"
Hunter's Hillcrest High School coach, Ernie Sutton, said he had a "smile that would light up a room."
"It meant the world to him. That's all he wanted to do was play football -- go to college and play football and he realized that dream. Unfortunately it was cut short," Sutton said.
Officials at CSU in Wilberforce issued a statement saying that the campus community is mourning the loss of Hunter.
"Mr. Hunter was an energetic and hard-working student," CSU head football coach E.J. Junior said in the statement. "Kordero had a strong desire and was an up-and-coming leader on the team."
Hunter, a sophomore defensive back, had been scheduled to play in Saturday's game between the CSU Marauders and the University of Dayton Flyers, and team members said they would play the game in his honor, CSU spokeswoman Fran Robinson said.
Robinson said that the coach met with the team Friday morning and several team members joined other students and university officials at the school's auditorium Friday afternoon "to share memories of Hunter and reflect on the loss."
"We truly feel that we have lost a member of our family," Robinson said.
She said a memorial service may be held later on campus.
Another CSU student was injured in the shooting but is expected to survive. The group had taken a charter bus to the bar so that no one had to drive home. Hunter had just turned 21 earlier this month.