Former Seahawk T.J. Cunningham shot dead in dispute over parking spot

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AURORA, Colo. - Former Seahawks safety Anthony "T.J." Cunningham was shot to death Monday during a dispute over a parking spot in Aurora, Colo., sheriff's officials said.

Cunningham, 46, also was a former football standout at the University of Colorado and was currently an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

Authorities say he was shot by a neighbor, 31-year-old Marcus Johnson, in a parking lot between two middle schools where they met to settle a longstanding dispute over a parking spot.

Johnson was arrested Monday and is now being held on a first-degree murder charge.

Cunningham was a receiver and defensive back in college. He was a safety for the Seahawks in 1996 before injuries ended his playing career.

University of Colorado athletic director Rick George said Cunningham was an active alum and his death is a tragic loss.

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