UPDATE: Cousin of MU football player shot and killed

Saturday, October 23, 2010 | 2:46 p.m. CDT; updated 5:39 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 23, 2010

COLUMBIA — A 22-year-old Kansas man, the cousin of an MU football player, was shot and killed at a  convenience store early Saturday morning.

Aaron Hobson was shot multiple times in the chest at the Break Time store near Gerbes supermarket on Nifong Boulevard and was taken to University Hospital shortly after 1:15 a.m., where he was pronounced dead, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Hobson was in Columbia to watch his cousin, MU cornerback Trey Hobson, play in the Homecoming game against the University of Oklahoma. The two were described as "inseparable" by Aaron's mother, Rossa Hunt.

"They grew up together," Hunt said. 

An avid MU football fan, Aaron Hobson made the trip to Columbia for Homecoming every year, according to his grandfather, Al Hobson.

"He loved Mizzou football," he said. "He was really crazy about Missouri football. He played in high school, but he loved football, all football."

Aaron Hobson's interests weren't limited to sports, however.

Music, cars and tutoring children were a few of his passions, said his mother. His goal in life, though, was to own his own business.

Aaron Hobson was a business and finance major at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, although he took this year off to spend with his father, Dwayne Hobson, according to Al Hobson. Aaron Hobson was set to return for his senior year in January.

"He really wanted to help create his product," said his stepfather, Caston Hunt, adding that Aaron Hobson was interested in both sales and marketing.

Micah Pinkston met Aaron Hobson during his freshman year of college on the basketball court, describing him as a positive, friendly person.

"He was real. That's why everybody liked him," Pinkston said.

Aaron Hobson's grandfather agreed.

"Everybody loved him," Al Hobson said. "He's just a victim of circumstances."

"He was a great kid," Aaron Hobson's mother said. "He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Columbia Police are investigating the homicide, public information officer Jill Wieneke said. There were no suspects as of noon Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbia Police at 874-7652 or  Crimestoppers at 875-TIPS for anonymous tips.

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Josie Strum October 23, 2010 | 11:42 p.m.

When I first met Aaron he was a lay back guy but had a good heart and always knew how to make people smile. I met Aaron at Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School. We were in 6th-8th grade together. I can't believe he is gone. I just recently talked to him a few months ago. Wish I could of talked to him more. May his family and friends keep him in their thoughts. RIP Aaron Hobson.

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Lowanta Johnson October 24, 2010 | 8:24 p.m.

I met Arron at work but had heard alot of nice things about him from my daughter. Aaron was a very nice and respectable young man that I truly was proud of, because it is hard to find young men who are capable, professional and willing to work with children in the mental health field. I can truly say this young man was remarkable and will be missed. My heart goes out to his family, co-workers and friends. Aaron will be missed this summer when I return to do the summer program. RIP Aaron

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Abike Smith October 25, 2010 | 12:23 p.m.

"Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.” The four individuals who did this to 22 year old Aaron Hobson are nothing more than COWARDS. To the Hobson’s family trust and believe that “what goes around comes around". “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" -- based on the Sermon on the Mount, Gospel of Matthew 7:12 of the Christian Bible. These four young punk thugs should be sent somewhere to see who the real tough guys are. Hobson family the good citizens of Columbia, Missouri would like for you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family, acts like this are appalling and unpleasant to our town.

We can only hope and pray that our authority figures will investigate and process this awful murder to the fullest degree. Your loss has touched so many people here in Columbia, Missouri on so many different diverse levels. Hobson family we hold you deer in our hearts we know that GOD called home an angel because he only takes the best!

We little knew that morning that GOD was going to call Aaron's name. In life your family and friends loved you dearly, in death they do the same. It broke so many peoples hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of your family and friends and strangers went with you, the day GOD called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Your family chain is broke, and nothing seems the same; but as GOD calls us, one by one, the chain will link again. R.I.P

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Twyla Fauntleroy October 25, 2010 | 4:09 p.m.

Dear Hobson Family,

If anyone that reads my comment and knows the Hobson family. Please see that they get my comments.

Thanks you, From a hurting MOTHER!

I just wanted to say that I am so very sorry for the loss of your son and that you have my deepest sympathy. I too lost my only son to a senseless crime. Brandon was the victim of a carjacking and robbery for the wheels on his car. My son was a 25 year old black male born and raised in KC. He had just received his MBA in the spring of 2008 and was accepted to enter Law school that fall 2008.

Like your son, my son was doing all the right things in his life. But on a Tuesday evening around 5:00p.m. a FOOL and his friends took my baby’s life in broad daylight. He was shot three times and they left him to die!

OMG! I can't begin to tell you about the living hell my family and I have been through, and continue to go through, since that horrible day!

But though this storm, I must impress on you to keep your faith in the Lord, because he is the only person that will help you deal with this horrible tragedy. I assure you this was not GOD's doing, this was the devil and GOD was there to intercede and to take his child home and give him eternal rest.

I would like to close with the following scripture. I hope that you will reflect on the words and find your peace within the scripture.

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Where will my help come from? My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1

Blessing from Brandon Fauntleroy-McDowel's Family (March 25, 2008)

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