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Man accused of fatally shooting UNM baseball player from Texas arrested

Nolan Catholic baseball holds moment of silence for Jackson Weller

Four days after his death, Nolan Catholic held a moment of silence during its TAPPS 6A regional baseball playoff game with Fort Worth All Saints at TCU’s Lupton Stadium on Wednesday.
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Four days after his death, Nolan Catholic held a moment of silence during its TAPPS 6A regional baseball playoff game with Fort Worth All Saints at TCU’s Lupton Stadium on Wednesday.

Albuquerque police arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a University of New Mexico baseball player from Keller.

Darian Bashir, 23, who faces a charge of murder in the shooting of 23-year-old Jackson Weller, was taken into custody at an apartment in the Northeast Heights early Saturday morning. Police issued a warrant for his arrest Friday.

Weller was shot outside Imbibe Nob Hill in Albuquerque on May 5.

Surveillance video showed a man, later identified as Bashir, walk up to Weller, pull a gun from his waist and shoot him once, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Friends of Weller who were with him told detectives Weller had been in a fistfight with several people before the shooting, but Bashir was not one of them, according to the arrest warrant obtained Friday by the Star-Telegram.

After the minor scuffle, Weller was standing with his hands open and by his sides when he was shot by Bashir, according to the arrest warrant for Bashir.

“Our homicide detectives and investigators worked tirelessly during the past week to identify and build a case against this violent offender,” Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier said in the press release. “This was a complex case that involved many witnesses. I appreciate the thorough job detectives did to resolve the case and bring justice to Jackson’s family and friends.”

Bashir was previously arrested and charged for his role in a shooting on Feb. 12. In that incident, shots were fired from a vehicle and narrowly missed APD officers who were nearby, according to a press release from Albuquerque police.

During the arrest in February, a minor in the car said the group was involved in a “gang beef.” Police discovered three guns in the car, one of which was stolen, along with numerous firearm magazines, casings, a pound of marijuana, ¼ ounce of heroin and a digital scale.

Mayor Tim Keller and Geier highlighted the February shooting during a news conference in April to unveil an effort to fight gun violence in Albuquerque.

“It’s tragic that an innocent victim like Jackson Weller was gunned down by an offender who was recently accused of shooting at police officers,” Keller said in the press release. “Gun violence is pervasive throughout the country, including right here in Albuquerque. We have to show resolve and commit to a multi-pronged approach to ending gun violence.”

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