Smalling dies in accidental shooting

Updated: October 27, 2009, 2:55 PM ET
Associated Press

HAMPTON, Va. -- A Hampton University player has died from what police call an accidental shooting outside a nightclub.

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James Lang/US PresswireTheo Smalling, right, died after being shot in the abdomen outside a Virginia nightclub.

Theo Smalling of Tampa, Fla., died Monday night, according to a university statement Tuesday.

Police said the 22-year-old team captain was shot in the abdomen early Saturday in the parking lot of a nightclub after another man mishandled a firearm.

Police have charged 21-year-old Dominique Devon Smith with reckless handling of a firearm. They could not say if he has an attorney. Police are awaiting autopsy results.

Hampton coach Ed Joyner called Smalling's death a "devastating loss." Hampton president William R. Harvey described him as a "model" student-athlete.

A campus memorial in Smalling's memory was planned Thursday night.


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