Roommate Charged In Murder Of MTSU Basketball Player
Shanterrica Madden (Photo courtesy Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro police are investigating a fatal stabbing of an Middle Tennessee State University women's basketball player at an off-campus apartment complex.
The victim is 21-year-old Clantina "Tina" Stewart. She is a junior at MTSU, and is originally from Memphis. Her own roommate was taken into police custody.
Police received an anonymous 911 call from Raiders Crossing Apartment on Hazelwood Street just before 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived on scene they found Stewart, stabbed several times.
Police said that two females assaulted Stewart.
Emergency medical teams rushed Stewart to Middle Tennessee Medical Center with multiple trauma wounds, where she died from her injuries.
Investigators have arrested Stewart's roommate, Shanterrica Madden. She was charged with first degree homicide and booked into the Rutherford County Jail. A bond hearing was set for Thursday morning.
Officials said the two women got into a fight in their apartment when Madden pulled out a knife and stabbed Stewart.
MTSU President Sidney McPhee said he and his wife, Liz, knew Tina personally and she had attended Thanksgiving at his home for the past 3 years when she could not make it home to Memphis.
"(She was) a wonderful, talented and vibrant young woman, and also a very gifted athlete. I speak for the entire Blue Raider family in expressing our deepest sorrow in Tina's passing, and our most profound sympathies to her family," said President McPhee.
He said he spoke with Tina's father, Adrian Jackson, by phone around 8:30 p.m. to express his sympathy for their loss.
"The anguish I feel as a father and a president, not only as a University President, but personally as a father with a daughter about the age of Tina, cannot adequately be expressed with words," said McPhee.
McPhee said they have campus counselors on hand for students who need help with dealing with the tragic loss. A vigil has been planned for 6 p.m. on campus at the Murphy Center.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Murfreesboro Police Department at 615-849-2670 or dial 911.
Tina Stewart was a junior guard for the MTSU Lady Blue Raiders. She had scored 7 points in Sunday's game against Western Kentucky University.