Arrest made in shooting death of former UH football player

Devion Michael Hurtado, 23, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of, Ka'Darian Smith, 22.
Devion Michael Hurtado, 23, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of, Ka'Darian Smith, 22. (Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – One suspect out of four has been arrested in the shooting death of a former University of Houston football player

Devion Michael Hurtado, 23, has been charged with capital murder for his involvement in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Ka’Darian Smith on Nov. 4.

Ka’Darian Smith, 22. (University of Houston Cougars Football)

What happened

The shooting was reported about 1:20 a.m. at an apartment complex located at 2850 Fannin St.

Officers responded to a call from a concierge at the apartment complex about a resident being shot. The resident, identified as Smith, apparently called two of his friends, saying he got shot, police said. When Smith’s friends showed up at the apartment, the concierge let them go up to the apartment where they found Smith suffering from several gunshot wounds, police said.

Smith was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital by the Houston Fire Department paramedics, where he was pronounced dead.

On Nov. 17, HPD released the surveillance video of the suspects involved in the fatal shooting:

During the investigation, detectives were able to identify Hurtado as the shooter in this case and was arrested in Waco, Texas, on Nov. 20 on an outstanding felony warrant, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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