Dallas police: man shot dead on Airbnb

Friends of the victim told police they were renting an Airbnb while waiting to move into his apartment. They found him dead after going to see him, police say

DALLAS — Police are investigating a homicide at an Airbnb location in downtown Dallas.

the Dallas Police Department said officers responded shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday at an apartment in the 500 block of South Ervay Street.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Du’Vonta Lampkin, 25, lying face down with a single gunshot wound, police said.

Lampkin used to play defensive tackle for the University of Oklahoma from 2015 to 2018. He declared for the NFL Draft in 2018 and went undrafted, but eventually signed with the Tennessee Titans for just over a month before being waived. Lampkin played high school football in the Houston area at Cypress Falls High School.

OU released a statement on Lampkin’s death:

“The OU Football family is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former player Du’Vonta Lampkin,” OU Football tweeted. “Du’Vonta was full of life and spirit, was a supportive teammate and a joy to be with us. Our deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to his family and loved ones.”

During the investigation, Dallas police learned the location was an Airbnb rented by a witness and his girlfriend, who said they were friends of Lampkin.

Police said they were both taken to the homicide unit for questioning, and they told police they were renting the Airbnb for Lampkin for the week while they waited for his new apartment to be ready to move in. move in.

Lampkin was supposed to check on Friday, and the witness told police they went to check on Lampkin because he wasn’t answering his phone. When they arrived, they found Lampkin dead, the witness said.

The witness said he returned to his apartment to call the police as he feared the suspect was still inside the Airbnb.

Police said Lampkin’s black and white backpack, cellphone and wallet were missing from the scene.

More information has not been released.

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 [email protected].

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information provided to Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and charge for this and other criminal offenses. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-ADVICE (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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