Ex-University of Miami football player Rashaun Jones arrested over murder of teammate Bryan Pata
A FORMER University of Miami has been arrested over the death of his teammate Bryan Pata.
Rashaun Jones, 35, of Lake City, was arrested on Thursday.
Defensive lineman Pata was shot dead in 2006 after he was hit in the back of the head.
He was killed in the parking lot of his apartment complex a couple of hours after football practice.
The lineman was buried in the suit that he was planning to wear to the NFL draft.
It didn’t appear to be a robbery, since the killer didn’t take the cash Pata had in his pocket or the Infiniti SUV with the personalized plates that he was driving.
Jones had once dated Pata’s girlfriend and the two had fought prior to the shooting, The Miami Herald reports.
Hailing from Lake City, Florida, Jones was recruited by the University of Miami after attending Columbia High School South.
Jones had six offers to play college football and chose the University of Miami in 2004, earning a spot on the team.
He was a liberal arts major at the university and played in 12 games over two seasons.
On the day of the shooting he is said to have changed his phone number, ESPN reports.
He is also said to have asked another student “to borrow money to go out of town.”
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