Ex-Ram, Cowboy shot following apparent argument

Updated: May 22, 2005, 12:59 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Former NFL running back David Lang was killed in a shooting near his suburban Atlanta home, police said Saturday.

The 37-year-old Lang, who played for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, was shot following an apparent argument with an acquaintance Thursday near his Stone Mountain home, said police Lt. L.J. Florea.

Mario Holmes, 20, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Sgt. J. Germano of the DeKalb Police Department. Lang was shot twice, Germano said.

Lang, a 12th-round draft pick by the Rams out of Northern Arizona in 1990, played four years in Los Angeles before spending the 1995 season with the Cowboys.

In five NFL seasons, Lang rushed for 273 yards on 49 carries and caught 30 passes for 388 yards in 67 games. He also had 1,048 yards on 52 kick returns in four seasons with the Rams.

Lang was also the special teams captain for the Cowboys in their Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh following the 1995 season.

Born in Loma Linda in Southern California, Lang made his home in the Atlanta area during his NFL career, according to the Rev. Reginald Beamon of Holyland Church of God In Christ in San Bernardino.

Lang's funeral was scheduled in San Bernardino on Friday, Beamon said.


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