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Latest On Shooting Death Of CMU Student

Grand Junction, CO - The Mesa County Coroner has confirmed that the man found shot to death in a residence near downtown Grand Junction early Saturday morning was CMU football player and student Brett Ojiyi.

The coroner says Ojiyi died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Both the coroner's office and the Grand Junction Police Department say the circumstances of the shooting are still being investigated.

On Monday afternoon, the GJPD sent out a news release saying the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted, and that all parties that were involved in the incident are cooperating in the investigation.

Below is the full update from GJPD:


Shortly after midnight on Saturday, September 22nd, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 1100 Block of Main Street.  Upon arrival, officers located one adult male with a single gunshot wound to his chest.  The victim, who has been identified by the Mesa County Coroner's Office as 21 year old Brett Ojiyi, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 After conducting numerous interviews and evaluating evidence over the weekend, we have determined that the gunshot was not self-inflicted.  We have identified all parties involved in this incident, and all subjects are cooperating with the investigation.  Although no arrests have been made at this time, we want to reassure our community that we have no reason to believe that there is any ongoing public safety threat related to this incident. 

It is critical that we continue to thoroughly work through the details of this investigation, to include additional interviews of witnesses and evaluation of evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting, in order to obtain an accurate picture of what occurred.  This is not a quick process.  As it becomes reasonable to release further details, we will share them.  

 This is a heart breaking situation for everyone affected, and our sympathies are with families and loved ones who are suffering.


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