Santa Fe, N.M. – A 16-year-old teenager has been arrested after a New Mexico high school basketball player who planned to play for the state’s largest university was shot dead early Saturday, authorities said.
16-year-old Fedanta “J.B.” filed a lawsuit against the Santa Fe resident. White, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with manslaughter. Authorities say White and the 16-year-old were involved in a fight before the boy shot him. The suspect fled and was arrested with the help of Santa Fe police.
Authorities said shots were heard in a home around 3:30 a.m. that eyewitnesses said were hosting a party, authorities said. Authorities said friends were taking White to a hospital after meeting with first responders, who took him the rest of the way, authorities said. White died at the hospital.
The Associated Press does not usually identify teenagers who have been charged with felony criminal mischief. Authorities say the teen is being held at a juvenile detention center.
White, a 6-foot-8 forward for Santa Fe High School Demons, averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 2019-20 season, and the team reached the quarterfinals in Class 5.
He announced in May that he would finish the introductory course by leaving the senior year in high school to join the University of New Mexico team on an athletic scholarship next season.
The team tweeted on Saturday, “We were looking forward to him joining the Lobo family.” “He was an amazing young man with a bright future. Our thoughts and hearts were revealed to his family and friends.”
White was the real Hoop Dreams, the overflowing crowd and people immersed in the radio broadcast in the face of cross-town hostility against Capitol High School.
When Santa Fe reached the 5th Championship for the first time in 41 years, he was greatly missed in the last half of the 2018-19 season. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that White had replaced his patella late in the year.
“The whole thing is just surreal,” the school’s principal, Carl Marano, told the newspaper. “He was an incredible young man who was ready to make his dream come true and be successful.”
Santa Fe Public School Superintendent Veronica Garcia said White’s talent was a joy for sports fans across New Mexico.
“It is indescribable to lose someone so young and so promising for the future,” he said in a statement.
The murder is under investigation, police said.