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College student from N.J. killed in Ohio shooting remembered as ‘light in everyone’s life’

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A former New Jersey high school football player shot to death early Sunday near Ohio State University is being remembered as a “light” in the lives of those who knew him.



Chase Meola is shown in a 2015 photo while playing football for Mahwah High School. Meola, 23, was killed Sunday in a shooting near Ohio State University, where he was a student.


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Chase Meola is shown in a 2015 photo while playing football for Mahwah High School. Meola, 23, was killed Sunday in a shooting near Ohio State University, where he was a student.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native and fifth-year marketing major at Ohio State, was gunned down as he was leaving a party, officials said.

“He was always very outgoing. He’s from New Jersey, so he definitely had that loud, outgoing personality,” friend Ashley McCartney told Ohio television station 10 WBNS.

A GoFundMe set up to pay for funeral costs had already exceeded its $50,000 goal by Monday afternoon.

“He was light in everyone’s life and will be dearly missed by those he touched,” organizers wrote. The organizers, identified as friends of Meola’s, did not respond to a request for comment.

Meola, once a star football player for the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, was earning an MBA, his LinkedIn said, with a goal of working on Wall Street.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said in a statement.

Meola was leaving a party around 2 a.m. on Sunday when an “altercation occurred outside,” university officials said. Meola was shot in an alley near the party and pronounced dead at the scene.

Kintie Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus, has been charged with murder. His first court date is on Tuesday, WCMH 4 reported.

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Former N.J. high school football player killed in shooting at Ohio university

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A former high school football standout from New Jersey was shot and killed in an Ohio alleyway early Sunday morning, authorities there said.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native studying at the Ohio State University, was found by police responding to reports of a shooting in an alleyway in Columbus.

“Officers arrived to find a victim with a gunshot wound, who was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the university’s public safety department said in a statement.

The department said Columbus police were interviewing “persons of interest” and had already charged one suspect.

Columbus police said Kintie Lanod Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus was charged with murder. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. Media reports indicate he had previously been arrested on burglary charges.

Authorities said the shooting followed a dispute outside “a house party in the area,” but provided no other details.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said.

Meola was a member of the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, who in 2015 won the school’s first sectional title in 34 years.

A student in the university’s Fisher School of Business, the Bergen County native said on his LinkedIn profile he aspired to be a financial analyst.

“Wall Street is where I would like to see my self in the near future. Ohio State was a great place for me learn and perfect all my skills,” he wrote.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Detroit Pistons impressed by Khyri Thomas’ shooting in bubble

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Coach Dwane Casey’s takeaways from Detroit Pistons bubble workouts, including being pleased with the development of some youngsters, Oct. 2, 2020.

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Second-round draft picks generally don’t carry high expectations when entering the NBA. But theDetroit Pistons thought highly of Khyri Thomas’ potential in 2018.

They sent two future second-round picks to the Philadelphia Sixers to acquire Thomas (picked 38th overall) before taking a player with similar strengths in Bruce Brown four picks later. 

Brown has since solidified himself as a rotation player, while injuries have prevented Thomas from establishing a consistent role. An injury-depleted roster enabled Brown — along with several other young players such as Svi Mykhailiuk and Christian Wood — to seize more minutes last year. A stress reaction in Thomas’ right foot and an early end to the season limited him to just eight games in 2019-20. 

Detroit Pistons guard Khyri Thomas shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Jason Smith (during the fourth quarter at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, Jan. 1, 2019 in Milwaukee. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)

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On paper, Thomas has the pedigree to be a reliable 3-and-D role player. He’s only 6-foot-3, but has a 6-10 wingspan. He’s a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a 40.6% 3-point shooter during his three seasons at Creighton. 

Thomas benefitted from the Pistons’ group workouts during the last three weeks, head coach Dwane Casey told reporters. The in-market bubble, which ended Friday, gave him an extended opportunity to showcase his game. 

And the timing could work in his favor since