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.