University of the Cumberlands baseball player murdered in N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WKYT) - Police in North Carolina are trying to figure out who killed a University of the Cumberlands baseball player over the weekend.

Zachary Finch, 21, was shot dead outside a Charlotte apartment complex Sunday afternoon.

Finch was a senior at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

According to WSOC, Finch drove to Charlotte to meet someone to buy a cell phone. The family said he used the app, LetGo, to arrange the sale and when he arrived someone tried to rob him. WSOC reports Finch was shot in the back as he tried to run away.

According to WBTV, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found Finch in the front yard of an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Farmer Street around 1:27 p.m. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Police are investigating Finch's death as a homicide, which as the city's 43rd this year.

Investigators tell WBTV it's unclear whether Finch and the shooter knew each other.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Zach Finch," said UC President Larry Cockrum. "Zach was an incredible young man with a very bright future. We ask the entire Cumberlands family to join in praying for Zach's family and friends during this terribly difficult time."

While a student at the University of the Cumberlands, Finch played for the Patriots baseball team.

"We are absolutely heartbroken over the death of Zach," said Brad Shelton, Head Coach for UC Baseball. "Zach was a member of our program for three years. He was kindhearted, intelligent and well spoken. His teammates and I loved him. Please pray for his family in this difficult time."

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