Middleville grad killed at MSU; shooting may be drug-related

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Dominique Nolff

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- 20-year old Dominique Nolff and another Michigan State University student were shot in an off-campus apartment on Friday night. Now, Dominique's high school principal is explaining why Dominique was such a popular student.

A picture from a high school yearbook shows Dominique 'DJ' Nolff in mid-air for a slam dunk, soaring to new heights his senior year. For his former high school principal, Tony Koski, there are so many ways to describe DJ's talent.

"He was a solid student, good person, and a good athlete. He played football and basketball," says Koski, principal of Thornapple Kellogg High School.

However, Koski says there are so few ways to understand D.J's death. "It was a surreal moment when I found out about DJ, just horrible, sad, unexplainable."

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Over the weekend, DJ and another 20 year-old MSU student from Grand Haven were shot at an off-campus apartment. Police say the shooting was not random and some sources tell WZZM 13 that the incident may have been drug-related.

"I know nothing about what happened at Michigan State, but at school here he was a very good citizen," says Koski.

DJ only spent his senior year at Thornapple Kellogg High School, after moving from Minnesota and spending junior high in Hastings. As a testament to DJ's character, his high school principal says even though he was at the school for only one year, most other students in the hallway would know what a positive person he was there.

D.J.'s younger brother, a junior at the school, is one of many now grieving in the same hallways. "His brothers not at school at the time, obviously, and we had counselors available today our crisis team," says Koski.

Saturday's basketball game had a moment of silence for a young man, who in just one year at the school, made sure he will never be forgotten.

The other student who was shot was treated and released from the hospital. East Lansing Police have not made any arrests in the case yet.

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