Cousin of MU football player killed in south Columbia

Saturday, October 23, 2010 | 11:24 a.m. CDT; updated 11:16 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 23, 2010
Aaron Hobson, 22, was shot and killed Saturday in Columbia.

UPDATED: This story has been updated to include the victim's relation to MU football player Trey Hobson and his grandfather's reaction to the murder.

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.

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olivia Phelps October 23, 2010 | 11:25 a.m.

Aaron, you will be missed by so many. This is terrible, and the violence needs to stop... There was no one less deserving of such a death. I am praying for your family, and I know you are looking down on them now from heaven.
R.I.P. Aaron Hobson
The good go young.

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Minister ODell Harris JR October 25, 2010 | 11:18 a.m.

There are no words in all the english language, there are no good deeds done by any man that can bring this family comfort, but there is the Heavenly father, the father of all comfort and we hope,trust and pray that he will hold you in this the lose of a dear loved one. May God bless and keep you.

And remember that nothing shall seperate you from the love of God.
Minister. O.D. Harris, JR.

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