Man arrested in stabbing of App State football player during fight, police say

BOONE, N.C. — A man has been arrested in the stabbing of an Appalachian State University football player early Wednesday morning during a fight in a parking lot in Boone, officials said.

Malik Simpson was arrested Friday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Junior Teh’Ron Fuller, 21, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being stabbed twice at 219 Crossing Way.

The altercation started outside a local bar and involved multiple people, police said.

"It appears the two men did know each other and there was some history going back as far as a year and a half," said Boone police Capt. Andy Lebeau. "Apparently there's been an altercation in the past between them."


Police said the altercation moved from the bar to the parking lot of an apartment complex. They said nearly a dozen people began fighting in the parking and that's when Fuller was stabbed.

Appalachian State's head football coach released statement:

"Our thoughts are with Teh'Ron and his family. We are thankful for all the medical and support staff that are making sure he is cared for."

Fuller is an inside linebacker and is from Fort Myers, Florida, according to the university’s website.

His teammates said they are praying for him.

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