Texas State football player shot, killed at apartment complex; 2 charged with murder


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are charged with capital murder in connection with the death of a Texas State University football player Tuesday night, the San Marcos Police Department said Wednesday.

Police say those charged are Enalisa Briana Blackman, 20, and Michael Tyreek Ifeanacho, 20. They, along with football player Khambrail Winters, 20, were planning to buy drugs at The Lodge Apartments located at 1975 Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos.

Blackman Ifeanacho
Enalisa Blackman and Michael Ifeanacho (Photos from San Marcos PD)

Police say after interviews with witnesses and those involved with the incident, the drug deal was set up at the apartment complex where Blackman met the two others to buy “a couple ounces of marijuana.”

During the deal, police say Winters was shot in the chest and died at the scene. When officers arrived at the scene at approximately 9:13 p.m., they discovered the man later identified as Winters with a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers attempted to perform life-saving efforts on Winters.

Winters was a sophomore defensive back on the Texas State Bobcats football team, and was an honorable mention all-Sun Belt Conference performer in 2019. Winters is from Houston and went to Alief Taylor High School.

Texas State head football coach Jake Spavital released this statement regarding the incident:

Our Texas State University football team is deeply saddened by the death of our team member, and friend, Khambrail Winters.

I met with the players this morning to share the news. We will stand together as a team and support one another during this difficult time. Our thoughts and condolences are with Khambrail’s family and loved ones.

His death is part of an ongoing San Marcos Police Department investigation into an incident that occurred off-campus last night. We are waiting for more details to be released before we can comment further.

The coaches and I are meeting with the team to discuss how we will proceed for the rest of the week.

Jake Spavital, Texas State head football coach

Brandon Scruggs, Winters former coach in the Houston-area, said Winters was a not only a stellar athlete, but a role model for young boys across the state. Scruggs said he had no doubt that Winters was headed to the NFL after he completed his education at Texas State.

Winters playing football during his younger years. Courtesy: Brandon Scruggs

“He was the model student and the model individual, he was the model student-athlete for sure,” Scruggs said. “It’s a tough loss because he was such a respected young man and the sky was the limit with his future.”

Winters and Scruggs at an event. Courtesy: Brandon Scruggs

San Marcos police say the case is still under investigation, and if anyone has any information about what happened to call them at (512) 753-2317. Investigators are particularly interested in surveillance video around Building No. 4 of the complex.

It’s the third homicide of the year in San Marcos, police say.

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