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Former teammate arrested in 2006 murder of Miami Hurricane defensive lineman Bryan Pata

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Authorities in Miami made an arrest Thursday in the 2006 murder of University of Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Bryan Pata.

Pata was shot in the back of the head outside of his apartment on Nov. 7, 2006 after returning from practice.

Rashaun Jones, 35, was arrested in Marion County in north central Florida with the help of U.S. Marshals, according to the Miami Herald.

ESPN reported last year that Jones was being targeted by law enforcement in connection with the shooting but no charges were filed until Thursday.

Jones is a former Miami defensive back and was Pata's teammate for three seasons.

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“I can tell you that we could have never [made the arrest] ... without the community’s help,” Miami-Dade Police Department Det. Juan Segovia said in a video release. “Not only did the family never give up, not only did the family never stop fighting to figure out Bryan Pata. But the community never stopped contacting us. Even if we got 1,000 tips but only one of them was the one that put all the pieces together, that’s what it took. And that’s exactly what happened in this case.”

ESPN reported that Jones had once gotten into a fistfight with Pata and also dated Pata's girlfriend.

University of Miami teammates of Bryan Pata say a prayer over a mural that was placed at midfield after defeating Boston College in 2006.
University of Miami teammates of Bryan Pata say a prayer over a mural that was placed at midfield after defeating Boston College in 2006.

“Hell no, ‘cuz I know I ain’t had nothing to do with it. So why would it bother me?” Jones told ESPN. “What happened 12 years ago, happened 12 years ago. It’s got nothing to do with me. ... I didn’t do it.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ex teammate arrested in 2006 murder of Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata