Chilling pic emerges after American football star arrested for teammates murder

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A chilling picture has resurfaced of the Miami University American football team paying tribute to a murdered teammate.

Bryan Pata was gunned down 15 years ago and one of his former teammates has now been charged with his murder, a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Rashaun Jones, a former defensive back for the college's team, was arrested on Friday after a homicide warrant was issued earlier in the week.

The case garnered more attention after ESPN published an article which documented the multiple mistakes made by Florida police officers around the time of Pata's death.

Jones, who is now 35, was mentioned as a suspect during the initial investigation, but insufficient evidence meant the cops were unable to link him to the murder.

Jones' arrest has seen a photo from 2006 resurface. The picture shows Pata's teammates – including Jones – kneeling and paying tribute to the defensive lineman after a win over Boston College Golden Eagles at Miami's Orange Bowl.

Jones and Pata were not only former teammates but were also involved in a love triangle of sorts, with Pata at the time having dated one of Jones' ex-girlfriends. ESPN said the two had been known to fight over the matter.

On the day of Pata’s murder, Jones had been suspended from the team for failing a drugs test

Detective Juan Segovia thanked Pata’s family and the community for their help to get to the bottom of the case.

"The community never stopped contacting us,” he said.. "Even if we got a thousand tips and only one was the one that actually put the pieces together, that's what it took, and that's exactly what happened in this case.

"I can only hope that this brings the Pata family a little bit of closure and a little bit of satisfaction."

Pata's brother Edrick revealed that the family had long suspected jealousy as the motivation for the killing.

He said in 2017: "He (Pata) wanted to make it to the NFL and make my mother proud and he wanted to help his family.

"I believe it was more so the jealousy, a lot of jealousy. The way Bryan carried himself, he was very bold, he was confident in what he did, he was confident he was going to graduate college, he was confident he was going to get drafted to the NFL."

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