Auburn freshman tight end/H-back Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed Sunday morning at an apartment complex near the Auburn University campus. Twenty-two year old Markale Deandra Hart, of Camp Hill, Alabama, was arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder.
Head coach Gus Malzahn and athletic director Jay Jacobs issued the following statements, per USAToday.com:
HEAD COACH GUS MALZAHN
“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.”
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS JAY JACOBS
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell’s family and those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy. This is a very trying time for those close to Jakell, including the student-athletes, coaches, staff and Auburn Family. We will provide counseling and support and do everything we can to help them through the grieving process.”
Thoughts and prayers to the Mitchell family.