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Bowie State Graduate Student, Football Player Found Shot in Overturned Car: Police

Muntsier Sharfi was 24 and "will be forever remembered for his smile and the smile he put on the faces of so many,” his former athletics department said

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A former Virginia football player was shot in Washington, D.C., and found dead inside an overturned car, police said.

Muntsier Sharfi, of Bristow, Virginia, was found dead Thursday. He was 24, D.C. police said.

Prince George’s County Fire and EMS responded to an overturned vehicle in the 3300 block of Southern Avenue, along the D.C.-Maryland line, about 9 p.m., police said.

Sharfi was in the car with gunshot wounds, police said.

Emergency medical responders found no signs of life and Sharfi’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said.

Detectives say the homicide occurred on the 3300 Block of Erie Street, a few blocks away from where the car was found, police said.

It’s unclear how the car overturned.

Highland Cavalier Athletics said Sharfi was a student and athlete at the University of Virginia at Wise who had graduated with a degree in information management in 2020.

“Muntsier will be forever remembered for his smile and the smile he put on the faces of so many,” the athletics department said.

Sharfi was also a graduate student at Bowie State University working toward his master's degree in information technology, the school confirmed in a message to the campus. He was preparing to play football for BSU as a tight end in the fall.

A GoFundMe account was set up by his brother to raise money for funeral expenses. It reads, “Monty was a selfless, generous, loving, and a cheerful person who brightened the room with his presence.”

Sharfi’s killing is the 99th recorded homicide this year in the District.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the killing.

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