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Red cadillac sought after UArizona sees first homicide in last 14 years

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Tucson Police Department are on the lookout for a red or maroon Cadillac sedan in connection to Saturday's fatal shooting at the University of Arizona.

Earlier on Monday, the University of Arizona shared that one of its students, Sophomore Forrest Beckett Keys, passed away after he was reportedly shot at around 11 p.m. Saturday at a multi-story parking garage on campus.

According to a release shared by Tucson Police Department Monday, the 20-year-old reportedly was walking home near the garage located at 1641 E. Enke Dr. near Fourth Street and Cherry Avenue when a maroon or red Cadillac sedan passed by.

TPD said Keys reportedly got into an argument with an individual "for reasons unknown." Police said shots were then fired.

When the officers arrived at the scene, Keys was found with gunshot trauma.

TPD described the vehicle as a 2006-2011, red or maroon Cadillac DTS.

Officials say this is the first homicide at the university in the last 14 years.

News 4 Tucson's Eric Fink spoke with the principal of the high school where Keys' graduated from in 2019. The Pennsylvania native played for the school's basketball and football teams.

"Somebody who I'll always remember from the hallways. Routinely, students come and go and some leave more of a memory than others," Bill Miles, principal of Lower Moreland High School. "And Forrest was just a big memory because of his personality and his dedication to his friends."

After news spread of then 20-year-old's passing, many members of the Lower Moreland community went to social media to share their condolences. They said the death of Keys left their community deflated and strickened by grief.

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"Earlier today, someone asked me how I was and I said is terrible an option," teammate and friend Shane Cohen said. "He made sure to put a smile on your face. He made sure to make you laugh if you needed to be smiled. He was that kid to make you happy when you needed to be happy. This is something I can't even process yet and it's so unreal. To me, it's like losing a family member."

Many members of the UArizona community also shared their grieves for the Lower Moreland hometowner.

"As a father of Wildcats who attended the university, I am heartbroken something like this could happen," UArizona professor Richard Carmona said. "We all take it very personally because this young man was like one of our children like all of our students and we nature them, we love them, we care for them." 

While his time was brief in Tucson, the people who met him, including members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity said similar sentiments for how infectious Keys positive attitude was.

"As the ZBT Family, we would like to send our condolences to the Keys family. We are extremely grateful for having the privilege to call Forrest one of our brothers," the fraternity said on Instagram. "Forrest was by no means ordinary. His kind heart and love lit up any room he walked into. Rest In Peace brother, we will miss you."  

UArizona President Robert Robbins also shared a statement about the shooting.

"I have reached out to the student's family, but there are no words to sufficiently express my sorrow for the grief caused to them and others who were close to him," the president said in a statement. "Because tragedies like these can also affect the larger community, I ask that we all provide support to our colleagues, students and friends during this difficult time." 

He advises anyone with information to come forward.

"If there's anything anybody knows about this senseless loss of life of one of our family members, please let Chief Seastone and Tucson Police Department know about it," Robbins said.

Anyone with information is advised to call 88-CRIME.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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