Former college football player shot to death in KFC/Taco Bell parking lot

A homicide investigation is underway in Hampton after police found a man shot several times.

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) – A homicide investigation is underway in Hampton after police found a man shot several times.

According to police, dispatchers received a shots fired complaint at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell located in the 1600 block of East Pembroke Avenue.

Officers found damage to the restaurant and an adult male victim, Eric Wardell Hunter, 46, lying in the parking lot. He died before he could be transported to a hospital.

Hunter was once a standout Hampton High School football player, who went on to play quarterback for Purdue in the early 1990s. 

Thursday, his family spoke with 13News Now's Steven Graves about his legacy. 

"I didn't know my brother could play football the way he did," said Yvonne Hunter. "When I saw him throw that foot ball for the first time at Purdue. I was very shocked that he threw that football so far."

But with success came trouble, family said. Hunter's sisters remember their baby brother's struggle with mental illness that started during his pursuit of an NFL spot.

"When he thought he was number one and then to be told or shown that you're not, he thought, he strongly felt that he should have went first round in the draft," said Felicia Sanders, Huster's older sister. "I think that when he didn't get into the pros, it really affected him in a way that was just indescribable."

Nervous breakdowns in college ended his career, Sanders explained. He never recovered. Hunter later returned to Hampton where he would obtain a drug charge and multiple other offenses. 

PHOTOS: Former college football quarterback Eric Hunter shot to death

Detectives tell 13News Now there were no patrons inside the business at the time of the shooting because it was closed. There were no other injuries reported.

The motive and circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation. There is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information that will assist police is encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757-727 - 6111 or the Crime Line at 1 - 888-LOCK-U-UP.

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