By Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Dominique Corder, a standout quarterback at a community college in Brainerd, Minn., was shot and killed early Saturday in his hometown of Indianapolis, police said.

Corder, 20, who led Central Lakes College to a 10-2 record this season, was shot about 12:40 a.m. Indianapolis police spokeswoman Linda Jackson said Corder was seen talking to someone in an SUV and then was shot in the abdomen. He died at a hospital.

The SUV fled the scene, and police were asking anyone with information to come forward. Jackson said they had no suspects.

Corder’s aunt, Sandra Washington, told The Associated Press her nephew had stepped outside his grandmother’s house to wish his friends across the street a happy new year. She said witnesses told the family a vehicle was parked in front of the home, and when Corder asked the driver to move down the street someone fired a shot.

“They took somebody away in the prime of his life,” she said. “He had so much going for him. Now we’ll never see him marry, we’ll never see him have children. And if he would have had a professional (football) career we’ll never see that.”

Corder’s final game with the Central Lakes College Raiders was a 23-13 loss last month to Glendale (Ariz.) Community College in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Arizona.

The sophomore was named his team’s MVP of that game, as well as a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American.

Corder was an athletic and speedy quarterback, said Jim Strohmeier, offensive coordinator for Central Lakes College.

“I’ve never coached a quarterback who had as much athletic ability,” he told the AP. “It was his running ability more than anything.”

He said Corder was just starting to get recruited by Division I schools and hoped to play for an Indiana college close to home.

“He grew up in a rough neighborhood,” Strohmeier said. “He said he wanted a college education so he could go back to where he grew up and make it a better place.”

Central Lakes football coach Greg Medeck remembered Corder as a man of great character who was driven to succeed. He released a statement lauding Corder’s leadership skills and called him an inspiration.

WCCO-TV’s Dennis Douda Reports

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Comments (19)
  1. Darren says:

    Why would a young man from Indiana go all the way up to Brainerd to go to a 2 year college? Did the school recruit him to play football and pay for his schooling? Don’t they have 2 year schools in Indiana? Did he have family in Brainerd?

    And then why on winter break, he goes home and gets shot. Sounds to me llike someone was waiting for him to come back home. Was he involved in something that he had to get away from it and thus the reason he went to Brainerd?

    I am sorry for this loss. Just to many coincidences if you ask me.

    1. darrenisa says:

      i think you are missing the true story here. a young mans life was lost.
      the rest of the story leading up to that really has no merrit

      1. raider says:

        thank u it doesn’t matter about his football career what matters is that his life was taken if u know Dom u would know he would go anywhere where he could play because he loves the game and he gives it his all in everything he does

        their going to get every ounce of me on this field coach that’s Dom the way he lived and how he played on the field and to hear this is sad for every one who knew Dom and got to the privilege to watch and play with him in brained he was a great guy

    2. JamieinMN says:

      Darren, leave the investigating up to the INVESTIGATORS! LOTS of students move out of state for college…ya dummy.

    3. Steve says:

      Darren you sound like your in traing to be a CSI. Leave it alone.

    4. Dustin says:

      OMG, i know Dom, he was a good kid! He wasnt running away from anything, he was playin football u fool.

    5. Raider Lady says:

      Darren, you’re an idiot. Don’t come on here and try to sound smart. Leave the investiagating up to the police. Dom was an amazing guy. He came here to get away from the neighborhood in Indiana, to make something of himself. On and off the field. Which is exactly what he did. I feel bad for you that you never got to meet him. Honestly, it’s non of your business if our college pays for his schooling or if he has family here.

      He was coming here for 2 years then transferring to Indiana again to be closer to his family and then to also pursue football some more. He would have made an amazing professional football player. He could brighten up your day with the littlest comment. Have you honestly never heard of someone going out of state to a college? If not, I recommend you get out more.

  2. #41 RAIDER says:

    change that picture to one of Dom. i played with him, he is my brother for life. i got to know him this year, great person and a phenomenal athlete.i would rather see his face here than a gun at the top, please somebody change it. RIP DOM #1

  3. denise says:

    Kyle, I am offended by your remark. As a white registered Republican, my first thought was how this is a tragic beginning to the new year and that my prayers go out to his family. Please leave politics out of this. A young life was lost and a family is grieving and in need of support…

  4. Dave says:

    I guarantee Kyle is a Wellstonian simpleton.

  5. raiderplayer says:

    I don’t know of any school that is made up of 100% local students. That has nothing to do with what happened. Please don’t make comments if you’re just going to look like an ass

  6. PED Coon Rapids says:

    I, too, would rather see a photo of Dominique. May his soul rest in Peace.

  7. John Campbell says:

    Indianapolis has way too many murders

  8. Kirby says:

    Looks like Kyle’s comment got kicked to the curb…….

  9. Marco Boriello says:

    Darren there is places in the world that people get killed for looking at somebody not the right way. He was no gangster . He was a cool cat and this is such sad end of his life. Why he is BraInerd??? Why Bret Favre is playing for the Vikings when he is Mississippi native?

  10. Sunny says:

    OMG, this is one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. He sounded like a terrific young man, trying to create a wonderful life for himself and others. What is happening in this world that someone can be KILLED for asking someone to move? ? Even if there is a verbal argument, WHY MUST IT END IN MURDER ? ? Have people completely lost a moral compass?

  11. J.Hooks says:

    i grew up with Domo, went to school with him and played football and ran track with him since middle school up until graduating high school, we won many relay races together and he threw me many touchdowns since we was kids he was not involved in anything he just went to school there because they recruited him the guy who shot him was not known to our neighborhood that was the first time we ever seen his face before, Im doing my thing down here on the track for you bro.”1st place or no place” like we always said …I miss you bro

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