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Ole Miss football player tweets about connection to police shooting in South Carolina

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A North Charleston, South Carolina police officer is now charged with murder after the shooting of a black man as he was running away was caught on camera. 

Walter Scott, the man seen in cell phone video running from police, was like a father to Ole Miss junior defensive end Fadol Brown.

"I want to apologize to him, and give him my condolences. I don't know how that feels to lose a father figure," said Cynnetra Head, Brown's friend and fellow student at Ole Miss. 

Students at University of Mississippi are now showing their support for the football player.

"I can only imagine, with all of the pressure of being in college, as well as being a college athlete, going through something like that," said Aaliyah Marshall.

On Wednesday, Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze released a statement, confirming the relationship between Brown and Scott. The full statement reads:

"Walter Scott was in a relationship with the mother of Fadol's longtime girlfriend and served as a father figure to Fadol for a number of years. Obviously this is a very emotional and difficult time for all parties involved, and our thoughts are with Fadol and his loved ones after this tragic event."

Hours before the statement was released, Brown tweeted that the victim was his stepfather. Brown's tweet has since been removed from Twitter.

The incident was all caught on camera Saturday following a traffic stop. The officer, Michael Slager, told police he feared for his life, even though Scott was apparently unarmed. 

"I don't feel like anybody should be shot eight times and it definitely doesn't take eight times to kill somebody," said Marshall.

"Just keep your head up, know that God has you and he won't put anything on you that you can't bare," Head added.

Brown declined to speak with WMC Action News 5 on Wednesday.

The police officer, who could be seen on video shooting at Walter Scott, was fired on Wednesday. 

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