Washington & Jefferson running back Tim McNerney died early Thursday morning in what police are calling a robbery gone wrong.
McNerney, a senior at the Pennsylvania school, and a friend were attacked near a local bar after a night of drinking.
Main Street Brew House manager Vicki Simoens said that when both McNerney and his friend left the bar, no one was around.
"There was nothing that started here," she said, "There were no words here, there were no unusual groups of people, there was no argument -- it was a good night at the Brew House on Wednesday night."
McNerney's friend, Zachary DeCicco, said that minutes after leaving the bar a group of six men attacked and robbed the two men. DeCicco was able to run away after the attack, but McNerney was not with him.
Police found McNerney unconscious in a parking lot at around 4AM. EMT's performed CPR on the running back, but was pronounced dead 42 minutes later. The coroner has ruled the death as a homicide and the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
Police are still trying to piece together the events of that night and who could've been responsible for McNerney's death. DeCicco has not been able to give the police much information about the attack.
McNerney was twice named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference all-conference team and a third was not in doubt. McNerney rushed for 461 yards in just four games with Washington & Jefferson this season.