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Update 6:59 p.m. Jan. 16 with information about the arrest of Nathaniel Wolldridge:
An arrest has been made in the investigation of the murder of a former Eastfield student athlete, Garland police announced on Twitter this morning. Michael Ryan Love, 26, of Mesquite, was killed late Jan. 3, when police say he was trying to recover a stolen camera that he found on the online shopping site, OfferUp.
Nathaniel Wooldridge, 46, of Rowlette, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Love.
Police believe Love met with 39-year-old Terry Albert Simmons and that, after Love obtained the camera from Simmons, an argument and subsequent shoot out led to the death of both Love and Simmons.
Love was transported to the hospital where he died from his wounds. Simmons died at the scene.
Wooldridge is being held on $1 million bail at the Dallas County Jail. No arrests have been made in the investigation into Simmons’ death.
Police Identify & Arrest Suspect Involved in Glenmoor Shooting where Two People were Killed. On January 11, w/ the assistance of the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force, GPD was able to locate & arrest Nathaniel Wooldridge in Dallas. He is charged w/ the murder of Michael Love. pic.twitter.com/po6SOMyogD
— Garland Police PIO (@GarlandPD) January 16, 2018
The incident occurred on the 6500 block of Glenmoor Drive near I-30 and Broadway Boulevard.
Love is survived by his mother, Lynn Love, sisters, Lindsey Cheney and Rachel Love and fiancé, Chelsea Johnson.
Police believe that he and another victim, met up at a vacant house. The meeting then turned violent and gunshots were exchanged, resulting in the two deaths and another non-life threatening injury to one of Love’s acquaintances.
His obituary can be found here.
Love’s mother, Lynn said he didn’t go looking for trouble that day.
“Anybody can tell you what a nice guy he was,” she said. “He had a lot of friends and didn’t dislike anybody. His family meant the world to him. He loved his family, he loved his friends, and he loved basketball.”
Love lived in Mesquite and previously attended West Mesquite High School. After graduating, he attended Kansas Wesleyan on a partial basketball scholarship before returning to Texas and playing for Eastfield.
Anthony Fletcher, who coached Love during his time at Eastfield, said as a player he was “laid back” and liked to joke around with his teammates but was a good presence on the team.
“He was quiet, not really rambunctious and loud,” Fletcher said. “He was a team player. In conference, he only averaged around 10 points per game. But when we went to the national tournament … he played really well, just lights out. He gave up himself to the team and his selflessness helped us.
Love’s mother said he had played basketball since he was six years old and said she went to many of his games.
“I was at every game and maybe missed only two home games,” Lynn Love said. “I was even known to get in my car and drive to Kansas to watch him play. I didn’t do it very often and if I did, I’d spend the night. I was the basketball mom.”
Under Fletcher, he redshirted first season as a Harvester but was a starter the following year with the team that reached the 2012-2013 National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament final.
In the tournament opener, Love scored 31 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer to help the team advance to the semifinals. He was named in All-Tournament Team that season.
After Eastfield, he played for another season at Jarvis Community College before returning to live in Mesquite.
“I remember when he got his starting spot, I had messed up, so he started and balled up,” Danny Sanders, Love’s teammate from Jarvis, said . “As a player he was great and awesome. As a friend he was even better, he always looked out for everybody. Everybody was his friend.”
See a 2012 profile on Love during his time at Eastfield here.
—James Hartley contributed to this report