Tragedy struck Auburn football today when freshman Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed outside of an apartment complex near the school’s campus. Mitchell was a former three-star recruit out of Opelika, Ala. who redshirted this season and was expected to contribute in some capacity in 2015.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs and head coach Gus Malzahn both released statements regarding Mitchell’s passing, saying that their thoughts and prayers go out to Mitchell’s family and that they will offer support any way they can.
Gus Malzahn and Jay Jacobs statements on death of Jakell Mitchell: pic.twitter.com/1hVvgDQj7g
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) December 14, 2014
Auburn police also released a statement, saying that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.
Auburn police release on Jakell Mitchell shooting. pic.twitter.com/CpxeacIYZs
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) December 14, 2014
We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in.