3 Arrested in Shooting Death of Former OU Player Found at Dallas Airbnb Rental

The shooting victim was a former member of the OU Sooners football team, the program says, and the brother of a TCU basketball player

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Dallas Police have arrested three individuals in connection to the shooting death of a man found at an Airbnb rental in May.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers were called to a residence on the 500 block of South Ervay Street shortly after 10 p.m. Police said when officers arrived, they discovered the victim, 25-year-old Du'Vonta Lampkin, lying on his back with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound.

Dallas Fire-Rescue arrived and pronounced the victim dead, police said.

According to police, homicide detectives discovered that the location was an Airbnb that was being rented by a man and woman, both of whom are friends of the victim.

Police said the witnesses told detectives that they rented the apartment for the victim for the week while he waited to move into his new apartment, police said. According to police, Lampkin was supposed to check out of the apartment on May 6, but the witness went to the apartment to check on him after Lampkin stopped answering his phone.

Police said the witness then discovered Lampkin dead and went back to his apartment to call the police because he was afraid that the killer may have still been inside the location.

The witness told police that some of Lampkin's personal items also appeared to be missing from the unit.

According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, Antwan Franklin, 22, and Erick Garcia, 24, were arrested on July 8 and booked into the Dallas County jail. Bail is set at $500,000 for Franklin and $750,000 for Garcia. Each faces a charge of capital murder.

Dallas police said officers also arrested 31-year-old John Williams on July 29 for his involvement in the homicide.


According to a tweet from the University of Oklahoma football team, Du'Vonta Lampkin played for the Sooners and "was a supportive teammate and a joy to be around."

"Our sincerest thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with his family and loved ones," the team said.

Eddie Lampkin, a basketball player at Texas Christian University, seemingly confirmed his brother's death Friday morning on Twitter tweeting, "They killed my brother."

According to SoonerSports.com, Lampkin was redshirted in 2015 and played two seasons for the Sooners. Lampkin's online bio says he spent time in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans and the Indoor Football League's Massachusetts Pirates. Lampkin, from Houston, played high school football at Cypress Falls.

The Dallas Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Homicide Detective Josue Rodriguez at 214-671-3994 or by email at josue.rodriguez@dallascityhall.com.

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