Georgetown University football player arrested and charged with murder – NBC News

Sheriff’s deputies and federal agents arrested a Georgetown University football player in Georgia on a murder charge out of Washington D.C., authorities said Tuesday.

Dijon Williams, a senior wide receiver for the Hoyas, was picked up Monday afternoon in Lawrenceville, Georgia, by a team of Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals, federal authorities said.

A warrant for Williams’ arrest was received by the U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday and agents found him at an address on Herrington Road, where they made the arrest, officials said.

Williams, 21, is a Georgia native and attended Miller Grove High School, which is about 25 miles south of Lawrenceville.

Williams was arrested in connection to the slaying of Nurudeen Thomas on July 21 near the corner of 14th and Taylor Streets Northwest, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Sean Hickman said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Thomas listed homes in both nearby Greenbelt, Maryland, and on the block where he was found fatally wounded shortly after 5 a.m., police said. The crime scene is about 6 miles away from Georgetown.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday if Williams had hired or been assigned a defense lawyer, while he’s in U.S. Marshals Service custody awaiting extradition.

The 6-foot-1 pass catcher has been suspended from the football team.

“Georgetown University became aware of charges against Dijon Williams yesterday evening,” university spokeswoman Ruth McBain said in a statement on Tuesday. “While we are working to learn more information, we will cooperate fully with any investigation and we stand prepared to offer resources to members of our community who may be affected by this news.”

Almost all Georgetown students are taking their classes remotely this semester due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The university’s team plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, the second tier of the college sport. The Hoyas are members of the Patriot League, which postponed fall football due to the virus with hopes of possibly playing winter or spring of 2021.

Suzanne Ciechalski contributed.