College Athlete From NC Murdered Buying Phone Through App

A star on and off the baseball field was murdered on Sunday after a deal set up on a popular app to buy a phone went bad.

CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are still searching for the gunman who shot down a 21-year-old college baseball player on Father's Day.

Zack Finch, a star on and off the baseball field at the University of the Cumberlands, was shot and killed on Father's Day after what has been said was a deal set up online gone bad.

The murder, marking Charlotte's 43rd homicide of 2017, has left a community coping with a huge loss.

NBC Charlotte spoke with Zack's brother Monday, who says his brother was trying to buy a cell phone through the LetGo app.

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That's when the people meeting Zack tried to rob him, according to police. Zack's brother says investigators told him that his brother ran, but was shot in the back before getting away.

His brother said he met the, "Wrong people at the wrong time."

The University of Cumberland Baseball Coach had a message to the family. "We're praying for them and we're there for them if they need anything," he said. "We loved Zack and he was a very important part of our campus and our program."

Johnathan Frisk with CMPD Crime Prevention says with the surge in online shopping apps, everyone should keep some tips in mind. "Recommend going somewhere with security cameras, somewhere that's well lit, and obviously somewhere where there's a lot of people."

Friends of the Finch family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the funeral expenses. Anyone can visit the page and donate here.

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