Double shooting victim was a former Loyola football standout

Coach reacts to his former player's murder
Laquinn Murray, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Laquinn Murray, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police say they've arrested the man they believe was responsible for a double shooting in west Shreveport early Wednesday morning.

The victim who was killed was former Loyola College Prep football standout Jonathan Simo. He was 26-years-old.

Murray also allegedly shot 18-year-old Devon Marshall.

Police say 22-year old Laquinn Murray was arrested late Wednesday morning and charged with second degree murder and attempted second degree murder. Police say Murray drove up to a crowd of people, got out of a white SUV and started shooting. "They were known to each other. This was not a random event," says Shreveport Police Department Spokesperson Sgt. Bill Goodin.

Detectives say the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Murray and the victims. Devon Marshall was shot first. He was taken to LSU Hospital with serious injuries. Police say Marshall identified Murray as the shooter.

Jonathan Simo was shot second. He was dead by time emergency crews got there.

"There's a lot of witnesses to interview, a lot of evidence to gather," Goodin says. "In other words, this is an ongoing process."

People who knew Simo set up a makeshift memorial on the grass near where the shooting happened. None of them would talk to us, but we did speak with one man who lives nearby and says he's troubled by what happened.

"I am very concerned about my kids being in the neighborhood. Gunfire, shooting, and different stuff. I'm trying to raise kids," says Lester Simmons. "It could have been anybody."

A rep from Loyola College Prep tells us Simo made the All-State football team in 1998 and 1999. His former coach, John LeBlanc, says he was a phenomenal player, and that he would fight for his family and friends.

"It's just a sad thing that's happened. We got too much violence in this world, and we're losing too many good young people," says LeBlanc. "...just really saddened by it, and saddened by the fact that he had a skill set that a lot of other people didn't have. And some things just didn't go right for him when he got out of high school."

Simo wore number 32 at Loyola. LeBlanc says he's taking these jerseys and a helmet to his family.

This is not the suspect's first brush with the law. Below is his arrest record, according to Shreveport Police.

March 2007: Aggravated assault and simple battery

March 2008: Possession of marijuana (first offense), illegal possession of stolen things, and Firearm Free Zone violation

October 2011: Simple battery.

We also found out more information about Jonathan Simo's criminal history.

September 1999: Disturbing the peace by fighting

October 2000: Illegal possession of stolen things

October 2003: Simple battery (two counts)

March 2009: Possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 narcotic

February 2012: Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and trigger lock violation.

Anyone with information about this double shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at 318-673-7373.

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