A former football and baseball star at Roseville High School was arraigned Thursday on a murder charge in Salem, Oregon. 22-year-old Beau Smith, who is a senior at Willamette University and a member of the football team there, is being held without bail and is accused of killing 66 year old Michael Hampshire.
Smith graduated from Roseville High in 2011. He was a straight-A student who graduated in the top 5% of his class. His former principal called Smith a "model" student and said the Roseville community is having a tough time grasping the details of what he is accused of doing.
"So, we're all curious," Brad Basham said. "We want more information. We want to know the details, because it's difficult to believe and wrap our heads around it."
On Thursday afternoon, Beau Smith's attorney was granted a 30 day continuance at his client's arraignment to gather background information in the case and to build character references on Smith's behalf.
The day before, police in Salem, Oregon executed a search warrant at Smith's home before arresting him. Detectives have only described the alleged murder as "violent", and won't elaborate on how Hampshire was killed or if any weapons were used.
An autopsy revealed the cause of death as homicidal violence by blunt force head injuries. Hampshire's body was found in the early morning hours Wednesday, only a couple of blocks from his home. Detectives aren't sure if Smith and Hampshire knew each other, just that Smith was found a short distance away at the time the body was discovered and they detained him.
"This is one of those unimaginable fears that parents have, and sometimes have to realize," Basham said. FOX40 learned Thursday that Smith's parents, who still live in Roseville, have traveled to Salem to support their son. The family has also hired an attorney.
"He was well-liked by his peers, by his teachers, by his coaches," Basham said. "So, as you can imagine, today's news was both shocking and upsetting."
Smith's next court appearance isn't until December 11th.