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A high school football player ‘who hasn’t had a chance to live’ killed in shooting

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A 17-year-old high school football player was fatally shot in a Miami Gardens home, police say.

The shooting happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 3400 block of Northwest 207th Street.

Police say a call came in reporting the shooting. When officers arrived, they found the wounded teen. He was airlifted to a hospital, but he died on the way, officers say.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Carlos Austin, a spokesman for Miami Gardens police. “This is someone who hasn’t had a chance to live his life.”

The football league South Florida Express identified the teen as Josh Ancrum, one of their teammates on the 7and7 football team. Josh, the group adds, was a “sought-after” football player at Miami Norland High School.

“Today we are saddened to find out about the passing of one of our current players. Josh, you’re funny and charismatic attitude will forever live in our hearts. You will never be forgotten and will be missed,” the post on Twitter read.

The 247 Sports site also identified the teen as Ancrum. Miami Gardens police has not yet confirmed his identity.

“Just having him as a teammate really motivated me,” Jarvis Browlee told NBC6 of the Miami Norland junior and cornerback. “Just to have him on the other side of me knowing that he was gonna stop the other side and I was gonna lock the other side.”

South Florida Express also started a GoFundMe page to help Ancrum’s family with funeral expenses. “A promising young man with great athletic talent,” the page’s creator, J. Wimbrow, wrote.

The GoFundMe goal is $10,000. By Wednesday morning, the campaign has raised over $1,600 by 40 people.

Austin, the Miami Gardens police spokesman, said that the people inside the home were being questioned.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.

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