A popular former Mahwah High School football star was shot and killed overnight Sunday at Ohio State University, authorities confirmed.
Chase Meola, a 23-year-old marketing major, was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m. at the scene of the shooting in a Columbus parking lot following a dispute during a party at a nearby fraternity house.
Authorities chased down and captured Kintie Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus, and charged him with murder.
Mitchell escaped police custody following a burglary arrest early this year, authorities said.
An investigation was continuing, they said.
“We’re going to continue to gather the facts to figure out why [Mitchell] was there and...not only what led him to a house on campus but what led him specifically to that gathering and that party,” Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua said.
No other injuries were reported.
“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” OSU wrote in an alert.
Meola was a running back, safety and free safety on a pair of state championship football teams. He also played lacrosse.
A GoFundMe campaign is raising funds to "help cover any and all costs related to Chase’s funeral and to support his family" and "will also serve as a kickstart to a scholarship fund the family is creating in Chase’s honor."
All donations will go to Dylan Meola, Chase's older brother, for his family to utilize, a GoFundMe spokeswoman said Monday.
"When a campaign is created to support another individual, funds are safely held and only transferred to the beneficiary of the campaign," she told Daily Voice. "In this case, we have reached out to the campaign organizer and will ensure the funds safely reach the Meola family."
GO TO: Chase Meola Memorial Fund
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