Early Sunday morning, 18-year-old Auburn freshman football player Jakell Mitchell was shot to death at an apartment complex near Auburn University. According to the AP Press, Auburn police responded to the apartment complex at 12:25 a.m. Sunday morning after reports of shots being fired, and that is when they found Mitchell, who was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police also reported that there were Mitchell was shot multiple times in the chest.
According to Auburn Police Captain Will Matthews in an issued statement, a suspect was apprehended Sunday afternoon in connection with the murder. 22 year old Markale Deandra Hart of Camp Hill, Alabama was arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with murder.
Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn released a statement concerning the situation saying, “I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell. My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell’s family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy. I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon. “
The details of the shooting and the motive are unknown at this time, but we will keep you updated. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jakell Mitchell.