In another senseless tragedy, 16-year-old Starkville High School junior Devin Mitchell, was shot and killed New Year's Day at Ridgewood Apartments in West Point, Mississippi.
The WPPD arrested Tavaris F. Collins, 31, aka "Frog," and charged him with murder of Mitchell, but a motive for the murder is still under investigation.
The outpouring of support from friends and family of Mitchell came across Twitter and Facebook. Mitchell was a member of the Starkville High football team, he played tight end and linebacker and led Starkville with 34 catches for 772 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also played baseball.
Stan Miller, Starkville High athletics director said:
"It is such a tragedy, he was a straight A-B student, a churchgoer, a fine young man. We're not smart enough to understand why things happen in our lives. I'm just sick. I'm torn up."
Starkville School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Beth Sewell said:
"Devin was a student of great promise, and his untimely death is a grievous loss to the Yellowjacket family. Our hearts go out to Devin's family, friends and classmates. We ask that you remember them and the entire Starkville High School family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."
Such a sad way to enter 2012 for the Mitchell family, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.