Former N.J. high school football player killed in shooting at Ohio university

A former high school football standout from New Jersey was shot and killed in an Ohio alleyway early Sunday morning, authorities there said.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native studying at the Ohio State University, was found by police responding to reports of a shooting in an alleyway in Columbus.

“Officers arrived to find a victim with a gunshot wound, who was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the university’s public safety department said in a statement.

The department said Columbus police were interviewing “persons of interest” and had already charged one suspect.

Columbus police said Kintie Lanod Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus was charged with murder. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. Media reports indicate he had previously been arrested on burglary charges.

Authorities said the shooting followed a dispute outside “a house party in the area,” but provided no other details.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said.

Meola was a member of the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, who in 2015 won the school’s first sectional title in 34 years.

A student in the university’s Fisher School of Business, the Bergen County native said on his LinkedIn profile he aspired to be a financial analyst.

“Wall Street is where I would like to see my self in the near future. Ohio State was a great place for me learn and perfect all my skills,” he wrote.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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