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Duquesne football player dies after falling 16 stories


The Duquesne football program is mourning the death of a football player who campus police say fell 16 stories out of a window during an altercation. Marquis Brown, a sophomore running back from Washington D.C. and an alum of DeMatha Catholic, reportedly fell out of a window as police were arriving on the scene at Duquesne’s Brottier Hall after being called about a disturbance. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

Brown was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a report from WPXI. Police are currently investigating the whole situation.

“We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Marquis Brown,” Duquesne Director of Athletics Dave Harper said in a released statement. “Our prayers and efforts are focused on supporting his family, friends and teammates through this most difficult time.”

“The team met early this afternoon as a group and decided that the best way to honor JB’s memory is to play Saturday’s game as scheduled,” Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt said in a released statement. “We left the decision purely up to the team and made it clear that we would support them whether they chose to play or not. This has been a difficult day for everyone associated with our football program and the University as a whole. Above all, we continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the Brown family.”

Duquesne will continue to prepare for this weekend’s homecoming festivities, although the campus community will do so in a much more somber mood.

Duquesne football player (former Florida Gator) found dead


Some sad news to report on this Sunday. Duquesne’s Chris Johnson was found dead Friday morning. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Johnson apparently died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a medical examiner. Johnson, 22 years old, previously played football at Florida before transferring to FCS Duquesne.

“Everyone associated with the Duquesne football program is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Chris,” Duquesne football coach Jerry Schmitt said in a statement. “Chris was a passionate football player who was also a great teammate, who was loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris’ family at this difficult time.”

Johnson transferred to Duquesne in 2013. He completed his senior season in 2014. He played a role on special teams at Florida but took on a more significant role at Duquesne. He recorded 104 tackles and two interceptions in two seasons with the FCS program in western Pennsylvania.

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