Teen Charged As Adult in Shooting Death of High School Football Star in Miami Gardens

A 16-year-old accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old high school football star in Miami Gardens last month is being charged as an adult.

Jatwan Phillips appeared in court Wednesday, where he was charged as an adult with aggravated manslaughter in the May 21 killing of Joshua Ancrum.

Ancrum, a junior and a cornerback of the football team at Miami Norland High School, died after apparent gunplay with a childhood friend, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department. Police said Ancrum was visiting friends at a home in the 3400 block of Northwest 207th Street when the shooting happened.

Family members said Ancrum had dreams of playing in the NFL and reportedly had scholarship offers from multiple universities.

"I want everybody to remember Joshua Abraham Ancrum as one of the best football players ever," mother Liza Alvarez said.

Phillips was being held without bond Wednesday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

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