Man arrested in shooting death of Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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A man was arrested Sunday in the shooting death of Jakell Mitchell, a freshman football player at Auburn University.

Auburn Football Player Jakell Mitchell Shot and Killed Sunday Morning

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The Associated Press reported that Markale Deandra Hart, 22, of Camp Hill, Alabama, was arrested on murder charges Sunday afternoon.

Dec. 14, 2014 photo Albert Cesare / Montgomery Advertiser / AP

Auburn police investigate a shooting at the Tiger Lodge apartments in Auburn, Ala., early Dec. 14, 2014. Jakell Mitchell, 18, a current Auburn University football player, was transported to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance with apparent multiple gunshot wounds and died shortly after arrival at the emergency room from his injuries.

Police arrived at the Tiger Lodge apartments in Auburn, Alabama, about 12:25 a.m. Sunday after the shooting was reported, according to Mitchell apparently had multiple gunshot wounds and died in the emergency room, the Opelika Auburn News reported

Mitchell’s girlfriend said Mitchell was arguing with someone when another man opened fire, the AP reported.

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The 18-year-old signed with Auburn in February and was a contender to start next season.

“He had a good future ahead of him,” Mitchell’s former coach at Opelika High school, Brian Blackmon, told the Opelika Auburn News. “You never know when something can take a turn. You just got to be thankful while you’re here.”

Fans and friends paid tribute to Mitchell on social media. Scroll down or click here to see their touching messages.

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