Former Purdue football player killed in his hometown
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.”