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December 21, 2010 at 9:51 PM

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Suspect arrested in slaying of former Kentridge football star Devin Topps

Posted by Cathy McLain

Kent police have arrested a suspect in connection with the slaying of former Kentridge High School football star Devin Topps, the department announced in a news release Tuesday night.

Topps, 18, was fatally shot outside a Kent home after leaving a Halloween party at about 2 a.m. Oct. 31.

Police at the time said Topps was shot by one of a group of men who had just arrived at the party in a truck. Topps was not armed, police said then.

Topps, who was termed a “standout player” by Marty Osborn, the head football coach at Kentridge, played for the school’s freshman team his first year and became a varsity starter as linebacker and running back in his sophomore and junior years, Osborn said.

Topps was a top college recruit with the potential to be a Pac-10 conference football player, but he suffered a knee injury in the third game of his senior season last year and had academic issues, Osborn said.

Topps signed a letter of intent to play football at Eastern Washington University, where he had been offered a full scholarship but he didn’t enroll this fall because of lingering academic issues at Kentridge, Osborn said.

He’d planned to start winter quarter as a late enrollee, Osborn said.

Topps also played basketball at Kentridge, Osborn said. He had a large extended family and always had a lot of support in the stands during games, Osborn said.

Information from The Seattle Times archives was included in this report.

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