Deputies: South Carolina honor roll student dies in drug deal

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 16-year-old football player and honor student at a South Carolina high school has been shot and killed during a drug deal.

Investigators said Joshua Meeks’ body was found in neighboring Laurens County early Thursday about 12 hours after Meeks’ car with blood on it was found at a Greenville apartment complex.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Flood said 18-year-old Sosa Croft faces murder, armed robbery and other charges.

Greenville School District spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said Meeks was a junior on the honor roll at Mauldin High School and played football. She says grief counselors are at the school Thursday.

It wasn’t known if Croft has a lawyer.

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