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Star High School Basketball Player Killed In Drive-By Shooting

04/21/2015 04:43 pm ET | Updated Apr 22, 2015

Police announced Tuesday that they have arrested a suspect in the drive-by shooting death of Armoni Sexton, a high school basketball player killed early Saturday night in Paterson, N.J.

The suspect, 20-year-old Gregory Oliver, faces murder, multiple counts of attempted murder and weapons possession charges, authorities told CBS New York.

The drive-by occurred around 8:30 p.m. near a liquor store, when a passing vehicle fired at Sexton, 15, and his three friends, all standing on the corner. Sexton died in the hospital early Sunday morning. The other victims, two boys and a girl, were injured but are expected to survive, the New Jersey Advocate reports.

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres told The Paterson Press on Monday that the gunman opened fire in response to an earlier shooting, part of an ongoing conflict between groups of the city's young male residents.

Despite being a freshman, Sexton starred on the basketball team at Paterson Charter School For Science and Technology where scouts drooled over his abilities.

College basketball star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Kentucky Wildcats lamented Sexton's death on Twitter:

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