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Man arrested in Charlotte for death of slain NC college football player

Jakier Shanique Austin, 21, was arrested Wednesday in Charlotte for the January murder of Winston-Salem State University football player Najee Ali Baker.
Jakier Shanique Austin, 21, was arrested Wednesday in Charlotte for the January murder of Winston-Salem State University football player Najee Ali Baker. Mecklenburg County Jail

A man was arrested Wednesday in Charlotte for the January murder of a Winston-Salem State University football player.

The football player, 21-year-old Najee Ali Baker, died on the morning of Jan. 20. He had been shot during an event at Wake Forest University in which several people had gotten into a fight, according to Winston-Salem police.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested 21-year-old Jakier Shanique Austin late Wednesday. Austin was charged with murder, along with felony possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed gun.

Police in Winston-Salem had also previously arrested a teenage boy for his involvement in the case.

Malik Smith, 16, was charged in January with possession of a handgun by a minor, assault by pointing a gun and for possessing a firearm on educational property.

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