- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a Southern Arkansas University football player and another man have died in a shooting near Magnolia.

Athletic Director Steve Browning says senior Brandon Hobdy was fatally shot early Sunday. The 23-year-old from Garland, Texas, played wide receiver for the Muleriders.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department says 24-year-old Wayne Payton was also fatally shot outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. Payton was a former student.

University officials say the event the men attended at the VFW was not affiliated with the university.

Authorities are investigating what led to the shooting. No arrests have been reported.



The university held a candlelight vigil for the men Sunday night.

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