2013-11-28 / Sports

HS Sports Standout Fatally Shot In Western Pa.

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a standout high school athlete trying to overcome a rocky family life was fatally shot Thursday inside a Uniontown home.

Officials say 17-year-old Darrell Ross began living with a grandfather in Connellsville after his mother died two years ago. His father had been in prison.

He became a talented wide receiver, scoring three touchdowns this year, and a lefthanded pitcher at Connellsville High School, drawing interest from college scouts.

Football coach David Mc- Donald says Ross also became part of his family.

But 20-year-old Hasani Simpkins is now charged with fatally shooting Ross Thursday with a stolen gun. Police say Simpkins may have been playing with the weapon when it fired.

Simpkins is being held without bail. He is being represented by a public defender whose phone rang unanswered Saturday.

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