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Nephew of Tubby Smith killed in fight

William Smith, nephew of University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith, died Sunday morning after being stabbed near his college in Worcester, Mass., according to Worcester police, the Star Tribune reported.

University officials confirmed Monday that William Smith, 19, was the son of Tubby Smith's brother.

Smith had been at the off-campus party when a group of unwanted guests arrived around 2:00 am, according to Worcester police.

“We have a bit more clarity of how it went down. These non-Becker students were the cause of the hostility,? Detective Capt. Edward J. McGinn Jr. said yesterday. “It seemed from the outset they were looking for trouble.?

The flight started inside the apartment complex and moved to the street. Smith was stabbed once in the chest, the knife penetrating his heart.

Smith was pronounced dead at 2:45 am at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, the Telegram reported.

"We lost a special young man last night. The grieving process will take some time for my brother and his family but I know that they appreciate and will need all the support, " Tubby Smith said in a statement released by the University Monday.

This was the first homicide in Worcester since the Spring.