New Year's Eve shooting victim was a Dekaney High School football quarterback

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Friday, January 1, 2021
New Year's Eve shooting victim was a Dekaney High School football quarterback
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Friends and family are remembering 16-year-old quarterback Mikell Potts who died from a fatal gunshot wound on New Year's Eve. School staff at Spring Dekaney said they'll remember him as an eager & fun-loving young man.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A 16-year-old who was shot to death Thursday night in north Harris County was a high school quarterback whose team made it to the Area playoffs this past season.

The victim, identified as Mikell Potts, was shot around 8 p.m. after he approached a small four-door car that was stopped in the road in the 600 block of Kiley Drive, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The car took off at a high rate of speed after the shooting, deputies said. Investigators were still looking for the shooter Friday, as well as a motive behind the killing.

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"An eager & fun-loving young man, I remember him telling me how proud he was for his friends & how excited he was for his chance," journalist Collin Kennedy tweeted Friday. "Praying for his family, friends & the Spring Dekaney community."

Potts was a junior at Spring's Dekaney High School and appeared in at least five games during the 2020 season, according to MaxPreps.

"Mikell was a dedicated member of our Dekaney High School community, bringing enthusiasm and optimism to any task before him," Spring ISD Communications Officer Sylvia Wood said in a statement. "This year, he was a remote learner but returned to school for athletics, in which he served as the back-up varsity quarterback for the Wildcats. He loved football, his friends and his family, and we are devastated by his passing."

Wood said counselors would be on hand next week at the high school to support staff and students as they mourned Potts' death.

Deputies asked anyone with information about the shooting to reach out to the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers.