Former New Jersey HS football player Chase Meola killed in shooting in Ohio

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chase Meola — a former New Jersey high school football player — was killed this past weekend in Ohio. The Ohio State University student was shot following an altercation at a frat house.

The authorities found Meola shot in an alley, according to the police, next to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. The authorities were called to the scene at around 2 am local time early Sunday morning.

Handcuffs (Photo by Unsplash/Bill Oxford)

Through their investigation, Kinte Mitchell Jr., an 18-year-old, has been arrested. He has been charged with murder.

Mitchell Jr. was arrested by the authorities just blocks away from the crime scene.

“Reports indicate that individuals were asked to leave a house party in the area, and an altercation occurred outside,” the police said.

The authorities are trying to track down how Mitchell Jr. was either invited or showed up to the party. He is not an Ohio State student.

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

Mitchell Jr. previously resisted arrest in February. He was arrested on February 13th and was facing burglary charges when he escaped from police custody, while handcuffed, by running through a basement garage.

Meola was in his fifth-year at the school. He was a member of the Mahwah Thunderbirds football team in high school.

In 2015, according to, Meola was apart of the Thunderbirds team that won the school’s first sectional championship in 35 years.

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