Teen Arrested in Murder of High School Football Player

Victim Was Headed Home From a Church-Sponsored Go-Go

Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 7:55 PM EDT
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Police make an arrest in the case of a high school football player gunned down in June.

Darcy Spencer

Police make an arrest in the case of a high school football player gunned down in June.

A suspect in the murder of a high school football player has been arrested. Zachary Sims, 17, has been charged with first degree murder.

The victim, Jamal Bell, of 1st Street N.W., was shot to death on Georgia Avenue in June. Bell, 16, had just left a go-go party at a church. Bell was a player on the Roosevelt High School football team.

"All the homicides that happen in D.C. are very troubling and we always have a great sense of relief when we bring the killers to justice," said Mayor Adrian Fenty. "This one is particularly disconcerting."

Two other teens were also injured in the shooting.

Sims had been in the custody of the District's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services on unrelated charges.

"Not only has Jamal Bell's family had a tremendous loss... but also Zachary Sims' family has now lost one of their family members," said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "...We see family members suffer, over and over again with this senseless violence,"

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