Auburn freshman Jakell Mitchell killed

Auburn freshman Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning. He was 18 years old.

Auburn police responded to a call at the Tiger Lodge apartments at approximately 12:25 a.m. The apartment complex is located close to Auburn University.


Mitchell was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Lee County Coroner's Office. He died shortly after arriving at the emergency room. The death is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy will be performed in Montgomery. 

The Auburn Police and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences were still working the scene in a parking lot inside the Tiger Lodge apartment complex as of 6 a.m.

Via the Opelika-Auburn News, 22-year-old Markale Hart has been arrested and charged with murder.

"I'm devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "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."

Mitchell redshirted this season. He was a three-star recruit out of Opelika High School as a tight end but was listed at 6-4 and 210 pounds. He was spending the season away from game action to get bigger.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell's family and those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "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."

Per, the shooting happened at the same apartment complex where former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were shot and killed at a party in 2012.

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