Arrest made in shooting death of Auburn University freshman Jakell Mitchell

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AUBURN, Ala. (CNN) -- Auburn Police tell WHNT News 19 that they have arrested 22-year-old Markale Deandra Hart in the shooting death of  Auburn University student Jakell Mitchell. Police say Hart will face murder charges.

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Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed at an off-campus apartment complex overnight, police said Sunday.

The 18-year-old victim was a freshman football player, according to news website AL.com.

"I'm devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell."said Head Coach Gus Malzahn. "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 had signed with Auburn this year but sat the season out to gain weight and train for next year, AL.com reported. He had played high school football in nearby Opelika.

He was a talented receiver and runner, according to the Auburn Tigers' website.

"He's a fantastic athlete that is going to be able to do a lot for us," Coach Scott Fountain told the Tigers' website after Mitchell signed on.

University spokesman Mike Clardy confirmed Mitchell's identity.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell's family and those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy." said Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs. "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."

"The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Auburn University are with his family during this difficult time," he said.