Florida police have arrested a man accused of killing former Avondale High School football player Matthew Hardeman.
Verlaine LaGuerre, 20, was arrested on Dec. 13 in Hallandale, Fla., north of Miami, and brought back to Atlanta. LaGuerre is being held in the Fulton County Jail for allegedly shooting Hardeman with an illegal sawed-off shotgun.
According Atlanta Police, at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Oct. 15 police were called to a home off of the 1800 block of Lakewood Terrace in southwest Atlanta and found Hardeman, 19, with multiple gunshot wounds, lying in the yard.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said witnesses told officers that several Black men got out of a vehicle and exchanged words with Hardeman. They then began shooting him. All shooters then re-entered their vehicle and fled in an unknown direction.
LaGuerre is charged with murder, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault.