Malzahn calls Jakell Mitchell shooting death “senseless tragedy”

Malzahn calls Jakell Mitchell shooting death "senseless tragedy" (Image 1)
Malzahn calls Jakell Mitchell shooting death "senseless tragedy" (Image 1)

Auburn Football Head Coach Gus Malzahn and Athletic Director Jay Jacobs have released a series of statements following the overnight shooting death of redshirt freshman Jakell Mitchell.

 “I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell,” Malzahn said. “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.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell’s family and those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy,” Jacons said. “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.”

Mitchell’s death has been ruled a homicide. He was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle on 200 block of West Longleaf Drive in Auburn. He was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

WRBL News 3 has multiple crews following the latest on the investigation and how the community is remembering Mitchell. You can join the conversation on our Facebook page. We will have the latest can be found throughout the day on WRBL.com and tonight starting at 6:30p et on WRBL News 3 Evening Edition Sunday on television.

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