The Dallas Morning News

Teen arrested in death of Lancaster student

Shooting of Wyoming football recruit stirred nationwide prayers

- By KELLI SMITH Staff Writer kelli.smith@dallasnews.com Twitter: @Kellismith­news

An 18-year-old was arrested on a murder charge in connection with the shooting of Tony Evans Jr., a Lancaster High senior and Wyoming football recruit, Dallas police said.

Keyshawn Evanta Harris was booked into the Dallas County jail about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and his bail was set at $500,000. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Evans and another person were shot early Sunday at a Hawthorn Suites hotel at 7900 Brookriver Drive in the Stemmons Corridor.

Police have not released details about how they identified Harris as a suspect or what led to the shooting. Witnesses said it happened during a party in the hotel room.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Evans was pronounced dead. The other victim, whom police have not publicly identified, was reported to be in stable condition.

Evans was a 17-year-old Lancaster native who had signed a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Wyoming. His death stirred nationwide prayers and pleas to end gun violence from community members, state representa­tives, profession­al athletes and coaches.

Wyoming’s football coach, Craig Bohl, has said he will travel to Dallas to attend Evans’ funeral.

“We expect to bury our parents; we just don’t expect to bury our children,” Bohl said at a news conference Wednesday. “Violent loss of life, that should not have happened. Unfortunat­ely it’s part of our society right now.”

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