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Former Chowan football player is suspect in Virginia homicide

CHESTERFIELD, VA – More than two weeks after a Virginia woman was found brutally murdered in her home, police say a former Chowan University football player is now wanted in connection with a Chesterfield County homicide.

Tevin James McGougan, 23, of Cowardin Avenue in Richmond, VA was named as a suspect, according to Chesterfield Police.

Tevin J. McGougan

Tevin J. McGougan

Police said on Nov. 11, just after 9 a.m., they responded to a call in the 6500 block of Statute Street after reports that a woman was found unresponsive.

When officers arrived they found 23-year-old Nishae Samms unconscious with a stab wound. Paramedics pronounced Samms dead at the scene.

WTVR-TV in Richmond reports that Samms’ mother arrived at her adopted daughter’s apartment earlier that morning where she found the front door was cracked.

Police sources told a WTVR reporter that Samms was later found by her mother in the apartment bedroom with her throat cut.

Officers and forensic units then converged on the Courthouse Green Apartment complex a short time later to begin an investigation.

According to another WTVR report, police believe Samms was the victim of domestic violence. Law enforcement sources said Samms’ four-year-old daughter was not in the home when her mother was killed, but was staying with grandparents.

McGougan is a Hampton native and former Phoebus High School and Chowan University football player.

McGougan, 6’2” and weighing 235 pounds when he played defensive lineman for Chowan, appeared in 22 games for the Hawks from 2011-2014.

Police say McGougan has not been seen of late. They say if anyone has knowledge of his whereabouts, they are encouraged to contact local law enforcement immediately.