College football: Auburn mourns Jakell Mitchell after his shock death

Fans across the country are in mourning after the shooting death of Jakell Mitchell (©GettyImages)

The Auburn football programme is in a period of mourning after the news that redshirt freshman Jakell Mitchell was shot dead on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Auburn football back or tight-end was shot in the chest on Sunday morning at an off-campus apartment, according to reports.

At the apartment complex, the same one where two former football players were shot to death outside a 2012 pool party, Jakell Mitchell was said to have been arguing with a man at the party before another male opened fired with a handgun aimed at Mitchell.

Mitchell was a well respected young man in the Auburn football programme and was expected to make great strides in the coming years. As a result of the shooting death, Auburn police subsequently arrested a 22-year-old man, Markale Deandra Hart, on murder charges, with Lee County Jail setting his bond at $150,000.

Mitchell's girlfriend talks through the incident

At this stage a motive for the crime is still unclear, but Mitchell's girlfriend did reveal to FoxSports how the incident unfolded.

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"He had his gun like this and was looking at Jakell," Ayanna Hughuley, 17, told FoxSports.

"He just started shooting. Jakell fell on the ground and he tried to get back up and run, and then he fell again. He started shooting at Jakell again while Jakell was on the ground," Hughuley added.

Auburn coach speaks out

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was one of the key reasons why Jakell chose the Tigers over rivals Alabama, and Malzahn spoke of his 'devastation and sadness' on Monday in an emotional statement.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell's family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy," he said in a statement. "I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon."

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