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Arrest made in murder of Roddy White’s brother

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A person has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of the brother of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White outside a South Carolina nightclub, according to Charleston, S.C. police.

Darnell Lafayette, 23, was arrested on Tuesday Charleston County chief deputy Mitch Lucas told the Associated Press.

The police are still looking for a motive. Officials said Lafayette walked up to Tyrone Moore Jr., 21, White’s half-brother, and fired three times, with two of the bullets striking the victim.

An argument is believed to have led to the shooting outside the Lake House Club south of Charleston.

Lafayette is currently in jail.

White, who has not commented about the murder and has not returned several calls to his cell phone, spent Saturday night in Atlanta with teammates after learning of the shooting.

He left for Charleston on Sunday to join family members at his mother Joenethia’s house. The family declined several interview requests from the local media.

Falcons coach Mike Smith talked with White before he left.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roddy and his family,” Smith said on Sunday. “It’s a difficult time for Roddy, but he’s had a lot of support. I’ve spoken with Roddy and I know that he was with some of his team mates last night. We’re here to support him, but I know it’s difficult for the entire White family.”

Lafayette has a long criminal history,
according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

Lafayette has convictions dating back to June 2008 for unlawfully carrying a firearm and cocaine possession. His latest came in June 2013, when he was jailed on a charge of malicious injury to personal property.

In August 2008, he arrested in an armed robbery, but the charges against him were dropped.

Charleston County deputies were involved in each of his nine arrests.

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