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High school football player killed over YouTube music video, mom says

The mother of a Northern California high school football player said her 19-year-old son was fatally shot during a disagreement over a YouTube music video he posted recently.

On Monday, 23-year-old Fredrick Marshall was scheduled to appear in court in connection with the slaying of his friend, Deston Garrett. On Friday, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies booked Marshall on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter, according to sheriff’s department records. Marshall has been ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Garrett’s family said the victim was hanging out with Marshall about 9 p.m. on June 9 and listening to music at his family’s home in the 3900 block of 45th Street in South Sacramento when a disagreement erupted over the video. 

“My son died over a freaking view on a song on YouTube,” Garrett’s mother, Tanya, told the news station KTXL-TV.

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According to his family, Garrett had been excited recently because his video had been viewed numerous times. At some point, the pair began to argue over the video and Garrett asked Marshall to leave. That’s when Marshall shot Garrett, sheriff’s deputies said. Marshall fled before deputies arrived at Garrett’s family home.

Garrett was rushed to the hospital and died two days later – about the same time he was scheduled to graduate from high school.

On Friday, hundreds attended a memorial service for Garrett, who was also known as Nutter.

According to school administrators, Garrett attended Sacramento Charter High School -- where he also played football --  up until January. He was currently attending Sacramento City Unified School District’s Accelerated Academy, a credit recovery program.

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“This is a terrible tragedy and we have nothing but love and support for Deston,” said Supt. Erik Swanson of St. Hope Public Schools.

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