Standout high school soccer player slain in shooting, 20-year-old accused of murder

Source: GoFundMe; Essex County Prosecutor's Office

Aug. 9 2021, Published 10:31 a.m. ET

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An 18-year-old standout soccer player in New Jersey was shot to death and police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

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Around 9:30 p.m. on June 6, police were called to the area of Underhill Sports Complex in Maplewood, New Jersey, on reports of a shooting, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Once at the scene, officers found Moussa Fofana, 18, suffering from a gunshot wound, officials said.

Fofana was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:30 p.m., according to authorities.

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Officials said a second man was treated at an area hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.


In July, officials offered a $50,000 reward for information regarding the deadly shooting of Fofana.

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On Aug.5, Yohan Hernandez, was arrested and charged in connection to the murder of Fofana, authorities said.

Hernandez was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in addition to the murder charge, police said.

Family and friends started a GoFundMe page for Fofana's family after his death. It has raised about $130,000 as of Aug. 9.

"This young man was so bright and had big aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player, the community and I are lost for words," a friend wrote.


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