A promising high school athlete who earned a track scholarship to Penn State University was shot and killed in North Philadelphia Monday night.
According to USA Today, Kristian Marche, of Imhotep Institute Charter High School, was scheduled to report to Penn State later this week as one of the track team’s 35 incoming athletes, but the 18-year-old was killed in a hail of bullets on the 1800 Block of East Pastorious Street at 9:37 Monday night. Philadelphia police say Marche’s death is under investigation.
Imhotep coaches, school officials and friends of Marche said he was a great young man as well as a great track and field prospect.
Imhotep assistant Cyril Woodland called Marche “a great young man.”
“He had a bright future,” Woodland said. “These are just the circumstances we live in. It’s crazy. I’m just speechless.”
“I feel like he was the fastest kid in the state,” said Imhotep head football coach Nick Lincoln, who noted that Marche starred in both football and track.
Marche reportedly ranked second in the state in the 100 meters in 2016, third in the state in the 100 in 2015 and fourth at the state meet earlier this year. He also placed fourth in the 60 at the 2017 indoor state championships and was fifth in 2016.