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Former Purdue football player killed in his hometown

Michael Eargle - picture courtesy of Lafayette Courier Journal

ELIZABETH, New Jersey — Former Purdue football player, Michael Eargle, 28, was shot and killed in his hometown late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Elizabeth Police Department.

The shooting occurred in a busy section of downtown just blocks away from City Hall and Elizabeth police headquarters just before 5 p.m..

Eargle played two seasons for the Boilermakers at the cornerback position from 2010 to 2011 .

He came to Purdue from Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania, graduating in 2012.

Eargle had been employed with the Elizabeth City Housing Authority.

Purdue Athletics issued the following statement:

“We are saddened to hear about the loss of Mike. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates.”