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Suspect Arrested In Shooting Death of Auburn University Football Player

December 15, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Suspect Arrested In Shooting Death of Auburn University Football Player Markale Deandra Hart -Image courtesy of usatoday.com

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A suspect has been taken into custody in the early morning shooting death of an Auburn University football player, according to police.

Markale Deandra Hart, 22, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Jakell Mitchell, 18, who was found dead at an apartment near the school’s campus after police received a report of shots fired in the area, according to a statement from the Auburn Police Department.

Jakell Mitchell - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Jakell Mitchell – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Hart is being held on $150,000 bond. Police say there aren’t any other suspects and don’t believe any additional arrests will be made in the case, however the motive is under investigation.

The shooting took place at the same apartment complex where two former Auburn players were fatally shot in 2012, according to AL.com.

Mitchell died from his injuries at the East Alabama Medical Center, Auburn Police spokesman Will Matthews told NBC News. Mike Clardy, a spokesman for the university, said “the thoughts and prayers of those at Auburn University go out to Jakell Mitchell’s family during this difficult time.”

The Auburn director of athletics and football coach released statements, saying their thoughts were with Mitchell’s family.

“I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell,” Head Coach Gus Malzahn wrote.

Mitchell is listed on the Auburn Tiger’s website as a freshman originally from Opelika, Ala. He was an offensive weapon at Opelika High School, according to the team’s roster. The high school tweeted condolences to Mitchell’s family, and his former football coach, Brian Blackman wrote on Twitter: “The sadness I feel right now is overwhelming.”
Mitchell was redshirted this football season, meaning he practiced with the team but didn’t play in games, according to The Associated Press.

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