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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Player Fatally Shot, Hickory P.D. Investigating

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Player Fatally Shot, Hickory P.D. Investigating

The Hickory Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a Lenoir-Rhyne University football player. On Saturday (November 20) shortly before 1 a.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to Civitan Court Apartments at 405 17th Avenue NE, in reference to a shots fired call.

Upon arrival, officers located a black 2015 Chevrolet Camaro with the engine running in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officers approached the vehicle and saw an unresponsive 19-year-old male, Omari Drovon Alexander, sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.

Omari Alexander
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Officers attempted to provide medical aid to Alexander until Catawba County Emergency Medical Service arrived on scene.  Upon arrival, Paramedics evaluated Alexander and pronounced him deceased at the scene. He was a sophomore from Concord, N.C.

Grief counseling was scheduled to be available for Lenoir-Rhyne University students, faculty and staff. Staff at the Cornerstone House. Walk-in were 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (November 21). There also will be a memorial service on Monday (November 22) at 10 a.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium.

There is no suspect information to release at this time. Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator David Moore directly at 828-261-2686 or