WICHITA, KS—A 19-year-old Northwestern College football player died May 25, after being involved in a shooting four days earlier in his hometown of Wichita, KS.
Jahbreel Rounds was a freshman defensive back for the Red Raiders.
“Jahbreel had a contagious smile, infectious personality and bright future ahead of him,” said Northwestern football coach Matt McCarty. “He had a positive effect on our team, players and campus in his short time with us.
“God’s plan is often different than ours. We will honor Jahbreel by how we grow through this and how we love and serve others.”
Officers responded to a shooting about 5:05 p.m. Thursday, May, 21, at an apartment complex, according to the Wichita Police Department.
Police found Rounds in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds and rushed him to the hospital in critical condition. Police found another man, 21-year-old Earnest Jefferson, also with multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.
Police arrested 20-year-old Missy Barber and 18-year-old Preston Reynolds on Friday, May 22, on charges first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
Police stated their investigation revealed that Barber and Reynolds drove to the apartment complex to conduct a drug transaction with Jefferson and Rounds.
While they were in a vehicle in the parking lot, a disturbance occurred, and shots were fired, injuring Jefferson, Rounds, and Reynolds.
Barber and Reynolds left the scene in the vehicle. They were later located and arrested without incident.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
Rounds, a 5-foot-8-inch, 165-pound safety, did not play in a game for Northwestern in 2019.
He signed with the Red Raiders in March of 2019 after playing two seasons for Wichita Northwest High School. He had 63 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced 3.5 fumbles as a senior in leading his team to a state runner-up finish and a 12-1 record.
Northwestern president Greg Christy tweeted Tuesday night that everyone at Northwestern was deeply saddened by the loss of Jahbreel.
“He was a young man with so much potential and an infectious personality,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rounds family and all who were touched by this special young man.”