Mixed martial arts fighter Justin Eilers, 30, a former Iowa State middle linebacker (1998-01), was shot and killed Christmas night in his hometown of Nampa, Idaho, the Des Moines Register reported.
A suspect was taken into custody and charged, according to several media outlets.
Eilers' death comes about a month after Stevie Hicks, a former Iowa State running back (2003-06), died in his hometown of Omaha, Neb. A 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a man jump off a highway overpass, the Omaha World-Herald reported, citing investigative records. Hicks died of head injuries suffered in a 57-foot fall. Investigators saw no evidence of foul play.
Iowa State has also mourned the passing of football players Cris Love, Ennis Haywood and Matt Grosserode since 2003.
Haywood, a former Cyclones running back (1998-2001), was a member of the Dallas Cowboys when he died in May 2003 of what the medical examiner determined was a mix of alcohol, codeine, an unknown sedative and asthma, the Register reported.