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Former Ohio State Defensive Back DerJuan "PeeWee" Elston-Gambrell Killed in 4th of July Shooting

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July 5, 2019 at 12:21pm

DerJuan "PeeWee" Elston-Gambrell, a former Ohio State defensive back who spent one season with the team in 2011, was killed in a shooting in Toledo on Thursday.

Gambrell was just 27 years old.

According to WTOL.com, Gambrell was fatally shot by his girlfriend's brother, Timothy Simmons.

Police arrived to the 2000 block of Elliott to find 27-year-old Elston-Gambrell suffering from a single gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Several witnesses on scene told police 25-year-old Timothy Simmons shot Elston-Gambrell after an argument. Witnesses say Simmons then fled the location.

A short time later, police say Simmons called 911 and said he shot his sister's boyfriend.

“The victim was in a relationship with the suspect's sister. There’s domestic violence charges that were filed recently, so the brother went to address those concerns with the victim and it ultimately resulted in the suspect shooting the victim,” said TPD Lt. Kevan Toney.

Simmons has been charged with murder and is being held on a $1 million bond, according to WTOL's report.

Gambrell was a three-star prospect out of Toledo's Rogers High School and was a member of Ohio State's recruiting class of 2011, but redshirted in his only season on the team. He was dismissed from the program in January 2012, after Urban Meyer became the Buckeyes' head coach, following an on-campus arrest on misdemeanor assault charges.

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