OU commit Herman Mitchell shot and killedPosted: August 25, 2007
HOUSTON—A Houston-area high school football standout who had verbally committed to play at the University of Oklahoma was shot to death in an apartment complex in Harris County on Friday.Herman Mitchell, 17, died at Ben Taub General Hospital of multiple wounds, said Lt. John Martin of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The 6-0, 200-pound senior linebacker for Westfield had accepted a scholarship offer to play for OU.
Martin said that witnesses said that Mitchell and another teen were fighting in the parking lot.
“Evidently, they separated and one came back a short time later with a rifle and fired multiple times,” he told the Houston Chronicle in Friday online editions.
Investigators were questioning two people in custody, one of whom was thought to be the shooter, Martin said.
Mitchell was a first-team all-district selection on the Mustangs, who were 13-1 last season and were Class 5A Division I Region II semifinalists. With more than 110 tackles last season, he was the team’s top returning tackler.