The details surrounding the death of Howard football player Terrance Tusan still remains a mystery, as Denton, Texas police continue its investigation into an apparent botched robbery.

Tusan’s family and friends are attempting to come to grips with the death of a man who seemingly had everything going for him.

“He was a good kid,” Clarence Nevels, a former coach and mentor to Tusan, told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “He had good grades and was just down at AT&T Stadium for Thanksgiving Day Madness Youth Football speaking to students about believing in themselves.”

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Tusan, 22, and 18-year-old Jakobi Dmon Gipson as two men killed during an attempted robbery at an apartment complex Dec. 21. A third person is being sought by police.

Police say three men forced their way into an apartment and gunfire broke out, leaving two suspects dead and two residents wounded.

Police recovered two guns, one belonging to a victim and another belonging to a suspect. Police haven’t specified who opened fire.

Tusan was home on holiday break from Howard when he was killed, according to family members.

Nevels, who said he knew Tusan for 15 years, said that Tusan didn’t have a criminal history and wasn’t known to be associated with drugs.

“You have to wonder, what would be the purpose to throw his life away?” Nevels said.

Tusan, a senior, rushed for 331 rushing yards with two touchdowns this season.

“Howard University family mourns the loss of student-athlete Terrence Tusan, a senior from Arlington, Texas, who was majoring in Leisure Studies,” the school said in a statement. “Terrence played as a running back on the Howard University Football team for three seasons. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Tusan family at this difficult time.”

An online memorial fund has been established in Tusan’s name.

Donations can be submitted at


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