Former Barry University Soccer Player Nicholas Potts Stabbed to Death in Colorado

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Photo via Nicole Neal, Facebook
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Around 4 a.m. last Sunday, neighbors of suburban Grand Junction, Colorado, were awakened by a man desperately running from house to house and knocking on doors, pleading for help as he tried to flee another man. The two eventually ended up in a front yard, where the man who had been fleeing was later found stabbed to death. A butcher knife and a serrated steak knife lay on the ground near his body.

"Lee, I'm not going to fight you," investigators say neighbors heard the first man say moments before the stabbing, Colorado media reported. Lee is 24-year-old Lee McDonald, who was found by police sitting on his front porch and covered in blood, then told officers, "I just wanted him to die," the Denver Post reported.

The man killed was 27-year-old Nicholas Potts, a former Barry University soccer player who lived in Miami.

Throughout the week a memorial Facebook page set up for Potts was flooded with warm thoughts, pictures, and memories of a much-beloved free spirit and soccer coach who had recently traveled to Brazil for the World Cup.

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The Barry University men's soccer team's Facebook page also posted a condolence message, along with a picture of a long-haired, bearded Potts grinning behind an American flag while on a beach in Brazil:

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In a voicemail message left for Riptide, Barry men's soccer coach Steve McCrath said Potts' death has left "lots of people with sad hearts."

Back in Colorado, police are still sorting through the details of his death. Potts was friends with McDonald and was in Colorado visiting while en route to Seattle, the Post reported. The two, along with McDonald's girlfriend, had gone out drinking Saturday night in Grand Junction, and when the three returned to McDonald's house, McDonald went inside while Potts and McDonald's girlfriend smoked marijuana in the car.

When McDonald came back out, he was "angry and jealous," Colorado TV station KREX reported, and began yelling at the two. A neighbor saw him head back inside and return with "something shiny," Denver newspaper Westword reported.

McDonald is being held in a Mesa County, Colorado jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

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18 comments
medicid
medicid

he was my middle school soccer coach, he was a great person, i loved him, i missed him, now he's gone forever, it makes me want to cry to think about it.

Grace Cilinceon
Grace Cilinceon

Healing prayers for his family. In Jesus' name I pray.

wrhexen_2
wrhexen_2

Who is this Lee Mcdonald person? Can we get a picture of him?

Nati Ojda
Nati Ojda

beautiful soul...HE LIVES ON!!!!! we love you Nick Potts

Moonfoo Dje
Moonfoo Dje

I ve seen him at some of my Dj gigs with friends in North Miami. Cool homeboi... ! that's messed up tho #R.I.P #misfitdjs

Nicole Neal
Nicole Neal

Ribo the funny thing is, he hated that picture. I always thought it was so funny. So him.

Deborah D Dinter
Deborah D Dinter

Very sad :( Jealousy is one of the deadly sins and is the root of all evil. Senseless death. Terrible what happened.

Michael Lemme
Michael Lemme

That was my fam. We held it down for Nick last night with a awesome Drum Circle memorial on 81st and Collins! Nicest and coolest guy ever!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

He was killed for smoking weed with the guys girlfriend? Sad.

medicid
medicid

HE WAS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER, COACH GREAT GUY RIP, IT HURTS TO THINK HES GONE FOREVER

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