COLUMBIA — The cousin of a MU football player was shot and killed early Saturday morning in south Columbia, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.
Aaron Hobson, 22, of Wichita, Kan., was shot in the chest multiple times at the Break Time convenience store, 110 E. Nifong Blvd., shortly after 1:15 a.m. He was in Columbia to watch his cousin, MU cornerback Trey Hobson, in the Homecoming football game against the University of Oklahoma.
Hobson's grandfather, Al Hobson, 70, said Aaron Hobson made the trip each year, and loved watching Tigers football.
"He loved Mizzou football," Al Hobson said. "He was really crazy about Missouri football. He played in high school, but he loved football, all football."
Late Saturday morning, Hobson's grandfather remained calm as he reacted to news of Aaron Hobson's murder.
"He never had an enemy, he was never one to get into a fight," Al Hobson said.
"Everybody loved him," he said. "He's just a victim of circumstances."
Police were dispatched to the Break Time store early Saturday morning after a caller reported many cars and people trespassing on the property, according to the release.
The cars and people were still on the lot when officers arrived. Shots were fired after police arrived.
Aaron Hobson was taken to University Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
Columbia Police are investigating the homicide, said Jill Wieneke, public information officer for the department. There were no suspects as of 9 a.m. Saturday.
"The homicide investigation is on the way," Wieneke said. "That’s all we can say right now because we don’t want to compromise our investigation."
Anyone with information is asked to call Columbia Police at 874-7652 or Crimestoppers at 875-TIPS if they want to be anonymous.