A man was arrested for the shooting death of former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Rey Nicholas, who was gunned down during a holdup on a city street, authorities said Saturday.

Nicholas, whose real name was Rey Nicholas Phillinganes, died Friday night in the emergency room of the Grossmont Hospital.George Raymond Cunnington, 26, a resident of the San Diego County community of Spring Valley, was detained nearby, questioned and later booked on suspicion of murder and attempted robbery after he was placed in a lineup of suspects for witnesses to the killing, a La Mesa police dispatcher said.