There’s a Devil Loose: 17-year-old Kemond Smith Arrested in Connection With Fatal Shooting of Allen High School Student Marquel Ellis Jr. In Plano, Texas

Plano police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the fatal shooting of an Allen High School football player late Saturday.

Kemond Smith of Forney was taken into custody Monday on one count of murder. He was arrested at the Forney Learning Academy, an alternative campus in the Forney ISD, inForney.com reported.

Smith was being held in the Plano jail Monday evening, and information about his bail was not yet available.

Marquel Ellis Jr., a sophomore at Allen High, was shot about 10 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 3200 block of Peachtree Lane, near Spring Creek Parkway and the Santa Fe Trail. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police said that several people had been kicked out of a party at the home that night before someone fired shots into it, striking Marquel.

Marquel’s mother, Jocelyn Maduagwu, told KDFW-TV (Channel 4) that he’d gone to the party with his older sister and that the teens had just been listening to music and playing video games.

His sister tried to save his life after he was shot, Maduagwu said.

“She went through the whole process with him. Holding him. She called me on the phone holding him,” she told the station. “She just said, ‘Mom, I tried everything’ on the phone screaming. ‘I tried everything.’”

His father, Marquel Ellis, told KXAS-TV (NBC5) that the two had a special bond because he had his son at a young age — they were more like friends, he said.

“He kept me going. He influenced a lot of us men, just seeing a kid so motivated,” Ellis said. “I mean, I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”

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Source: Dallas Morning News