Sunday, December 14, 2014

Auburn Football Player Killed in Overnight Shooting


Less than a day after celebrating good news with the arrival of a new Defensive Coordinator, the Auburn Tigers are mourning a horrible loss.

Freshman Tight End Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed at an apartment complex close to the Auburn Campus very early Sunday morning.

According to reports, the police were called to the scene at The Tiger Lodge apartments just before 12:30 a.m and found Mitchell who had been shot multiple times.

Rescue workers got him to a nearby hospital quickly, but he passed away in the emergency room.

Mitchell was a highly rated prospect who redshirted for the 2014 football season. He came to Auburn from nearby Opelika High School.

Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide and are still looking for a suspect in the incident.

Auburn's Athletic Director Jay Jacobs offered condolences: "The Auburn Family is grieving the loss of a teammate and friend Jakell Mitchell. We are praying for his family."

The Tiger Lodge Apartments were renamed after the shooting a few years back when another disagreement at the then-University Heights complex resulted in the death of three men- including former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips. Desmonte Leonard was convicted of capital murder, attempted murder and assault in two months ago and will be sentenced January 7.

Mitchell was expected to compete for playing time at H-Back with the graduations of CJ Uzomah and Brandon Fulse. caught up with Mitchell during his recruitment and asked what his expectations were as he was set for The Plains.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Auburn detective section at 334-501-3140. Anonymous tips can be made to the Auburn Police Department tip line at 334-246-1391.

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