A former Rutgers basketball player and N.J. high school basketball star was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night for allegedly killing a 19-year-old nightclub worker, according to the San Diego Union Tribune and multiple Mexican media outlet reports.
Logan Matthew Kelley, 26, is accused of walking up behind the victim and fatally slicing her neck with a knife that was recovered at the scene by police, the Union Tribune reported. Kelley was arrested after being detained by security guards at the bar. Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Isis Atalia Montoya Romero, who died at the scene, the Union Tribune reported.
The Union Tribune reported that the alleged killing was captured on video and circulated on social media:
“In a graphic video circulated on social networks, Kelley appears to be wearing a coronavirus mask as he walks behind Montoya and puts his arm around her neck, stabs her, and then throws her to the floor. Kelley then runs away with a security guard chasing behind him while the victim appears to be struggling on the floor.”
Mexican media outlet El Imparcial identified Kelley as the former Scarlet Knights walk-on who spent the 2012-13 season in Piscataway.
Kelley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, according to the 2013-14 Rutgers men’s basketball media guide, but was raised in Mountainside, N.J. He is the all-time leading scorer at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Height, N.J., with 1,324 points.
As a walk-on at Rutgers, Kelley played three games under head coach Mike Rice. He was awarded a scholarship by Rice’s successor Eddie Jordan the following summer, but he elected to leave the program before his sophomore season began.
Kelley transferred to Northeastern Colorado Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, where he spent a season. He finished his collegiate career at Division II school Montevallo in Alabama before declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, according to El Imparcial.
Several Mexican media outlets reported that Tijuana police identified the man as a United States Marine. A spokesman for the United States Marine Corps media operations chief told the Union Tribune that there is no record of Kelley ever serving in the Marine Corps. Kelley’s brother Reid served in the United States Army, according to the 2013-14 Rutgers men’s basketball media guide.
A State Department official told the Union Tribune that the agency was aware of the case.
“When a U.S. citizen is detained abroad, the State Department provides all appropriate consular assistance. Due to privacy considerations, we do not have any information to share publicly at this time,” the official said.