MOSCOW, Idaho – A University of Idaho (search) football player was shot to death and police arrested two brothers from Seattle following a car chase that extended across two states.
A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.
Eric McMillan (search), 19, was pronounced dead early Monday at an area hospital, Moscow police Capt. Cam Hershaw said. McMillan was a starting cornerback for the Vandals and had played Saturday against Washington State.
Police responding to a report of gunshots fired Sunday afternoon arrived at McMillan's house only to find someone had an a description and license plate number given by witnesses who saw a car speeding from McMillan's home, sheriff's deputies began pursuing a late-model white BMW with two men inside, officials said.
A spike strip across a highway ended the chase several hours and jurisdictions later. Matthew R. Wells II, 27, and James J. Wells, 25, of Seattle, were arrested Sunday night on Interstate 90 near Vantage, Wash., about 150 miles west of Moscow.
The brothers, who are former football standouts at a high school in Seattle, were being held in a Washington jail for investigation of felony attempted eluding. Bail was set at $75,000 each, prosecutor Denis Tracy said.
Arrest warrants for first-degree murder were issued for the men from Latah County, Idaho, but an extradition request had not been made as of Tuesday morning.
McMillan's friends and relatives struggled with the grim news.
"We'll deal with this as a football family and get through this together," Idaho coach Nick Holt said before a team meeting Monday.
"We're all baffled," Idaho sports information director Becky Paull said.
McMillan, a redshirt freshman from Murrieta, Calif., had three tackles in Idaho's 49-8 loss to Washington State on Saturday. He is survived by two sisters, one of whom is his twin, Paull said.
"If you wanted a son, you'd pick Eric McMillan. He affected everybody he was around," said McMillan's former high school coach, Wally Clark. "He had a bubbly personality, a huge white smile, no enemies. Teachers used him as an example: This is what you want to become."'
A former high school teammate said the Wells brother were good students and good athletes.
"Everybody is still shellshocked right now," Adrian Conley, 24, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "I can't believe they would do anything like this."