Former Tulane linebacker killed in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- A recent four-year starter for the Tulane University football team was among four people killed in separate shootings Monday night in New Orleans and suburban Jefferson Parish.

Brandon Spincer, 24, played linebacker and safety for the Green Wave. He majored in sociology and graduated last May.

"Brandon was a model citizen and a great person, who achieved so much in a short amount of time," Tulane coach Chris Scelfo said Tuesday in a statement released by the university. "We have lost a member of the Tulane family with Brandon's passing."

Spincer was found shot to death in his car in the Jefferson Parish community of Terrytown, authorities said. Spincer grew up in New Orleans and also played for St. Augustine High School.

Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson said Spincer was engaged and had two children and recently had been hired by the Boy's and Girl's Club of America.

"Brandon was held in high regard by so many. He was so proud of his Tulane degree," Dickson said. "He touched many lives with his passion and pride in both himself and his family, and had begun a path to touch many more. This senseless tragedy will deprive many young people of that opportunity. He will be greatly missed."