Teen Arrested For Murder of UW Football Recruit

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with last weekend’s shooting death of a University of Wyoming football recruit.

Keyshawn Evanta Harris, 18, was arrested and charged Thursday with murder in the death of Tony Evans Jr., although his bond has not yet been set, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Harris is accused of killing the 17-year-old Evans, who signed to play football at the UW this fall. Evans was found shot early Sunday inside of a hotel room in Dallas.

Evans was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The motive is still unknown at this time. A second shooting victim was in stable condition Monday morning.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Harris was accused of shooting the second victim.

Evans’ death broke hearts in not only his home state of Texas, but Wyoming, as well.

“Our hearts are with the Evans family as they go through this incredibly difficult time,” UW football coach Craig Bohl said. “We are so sad to hear of Tony’s passing.  We have been in contact with Tony’s family and are here to support them in anyway we can.”

Evans was signed by the university back in February. He was a native to Lancaster, Texas.

As a senior wide receiver, he had 13 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns for Lancaster High School last season.

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