BRAINERD, Minn. — Dominique Corder, a standout quarterback at a community college in Brainerd, Minn., was shot and killed Saturday in his hometown of Indianapolis, police said.
Corder, 20, was shot in the abdomen about 12:40 a.m. after being seen talking to someone in an SUV, Indianapolis police spokeswoman Linda Jackson said. Corder was taken to a hospital where he died.
The vehicle fled the scene. Jackson said police had no suspects and were asking anyone with information to come forward.
Corder’s aunt, Sandra Washington, told The Associated Press her nephew had stepped outside his grandmother’s house to wish his friends across the street a happy new year. She said witnesses told the family a vehicle was parked in front of the home, and when Corder asked the driver to move down the street someone fired a shot.
“They took somebody away in the prime of his life,” she said. “He had so much going for him. Now we’ll never see him marry, we’ll never see him have children. And if he would have had a professional (football) career we’ll never see that.”
Corder led Central Lakes College to a 10-2 record this season. The Raiders’ final game was a 23-13 loss last month to Glendale (Ariz.) Community College in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Arizona.
The sophomore was named his team’s MVP of that game, as well as a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. He was also the 2010 MVP of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Corder was an athletic and speedy quarterback in the mold of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick, said Jim Strohmeier, the school’s offensive coordinator.
“I’ve never coached a quarterback who had as much athletic ability,” he told AP. “It was his running ability more than anything.”
He said Corder was just starting to get recruited by Division I schools and hoped to play for an Indiana college close to home.
“He grew up in a rough neighborhood,” Strohmeier said. “He said he wanted a college education so he could go back to where he grew up and make it a better place.”
Central Lakes football coach Greg Medeck remembered Corder as a man of great character who was driven to succeed. He released a statement lauding Corder’s leadership skills and calling him an inspiration.
Washington said her nephew didn’t have any enemies. She said he was never out in the streets and he avoided negative elements in the neighborhood, focusing instead on trying to do well in school and on the football field.
She said Corder would be remembered for his kindness and compassion.
“He loved his family, he loved sports. He wanted to have a good future,” she said. “He was a fun-loving, smart, intelligent, good person. This was just a senseless act.”