Former Star Spencer football player turns himself in after Midwest City shooting

A 17-year-old who was shot in the head Tuesday died early Wednesday, and Midwest City police have arrested two people.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Modified: June 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm •  Published: June 15, 2011

— A 17-year-old boy died Wednesday after being shot in the head, and a former Star Spencer football player was one of two people arrested.

Kaelin Irving was the victim of the Tuesday night drive-by shooting, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

Darrin Paul Burton, 19, turned himself in Wednesday. Police earlier had arrested the driver of the suspect vehicle, Davian Blair, 17.

Police said Irving was riding in a car with three other passengers when a gold Sebring began following them near NE 23 and Douglas Boulevard. Witnesses said people in the gold car began flashing gang signs, police said.

When the car Irving was riding in turned north onto Shadywood Drive from NE 10, the front passenger in the Sebring fired a shot, striking Irving in the head, police said.

Irving was taken to Midwest Regional Hospital, then transferred to OU Medical Center, where he died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police arrested Blair at his Midwest City home, where officers found the gold Sebring parked in his garage.

Clabes said investigators identified Burton, a former Star Spencer lineman, as the shooter.

Both men were arrested on complaints of first-degree murder and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Star Spencer coach Terrell Love said Burton played for him in 2010 until he was kicked out of school for misbehavior. He said Burton then attended an alternative school.

Clabes said it's unknown why the shooting occurred or if Irving was the intended target.

“It really makes no sense and is difficult to understand why people settle disputes with violence,” he said.

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