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    UConn Football Player Killed In Campus Stabbing
    By SCOTT POWERS, DESMOND CONNER AND REGINE LABOSSIERE
    The Hartford Courant
    October 18, 2009

    Jasper Howard, a 5-foot-9, 174-pound starting cornerback on the UConn football team, died today after an on-campus stabbing.

    According to multiple sources, Howard, 20, was reportedly was stabbed near the student union.

    Howard is from Miami and attended Miami Edison High School.

    State Police major crime unit and UConn police say the stabbing happened just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Hillside Road near the center of campus. Police said two people were stabbed and were found near each other on Hillside Road. Both were taken by UConn ambulances to Windham Community Memorial Hospital. Police said the stabbing happened when a school-sponsored dance at the student union was let out. A fire alarm was pulled at 12:26 a.m., an altercation happened outside the building between two groups of people and then two people were stabbed.

    The perpetrator of the stabbing is still at large, according to an emergency alert posted on the University's website Sunday morning.

    On Saturday, Howard had a solid performance in the Huskies 38-25 win over Louisville at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. He had 11 tackles and also forced a fumble and recovered it in the third quarter. That led to a 30-yard field goal.

    Howard often talked about his tough time growing up in Miami. His mother, Joangila worked many jobs to support him and his sisters including one, Jasmine, who is afflicted with meningitis.

    Howard, the first in his family to go to college, also often talked about his dream of making it professionally so that he could support his family.

    Police are asking anyone with information related to the stabbing to contact the University police at 860-486-4800.

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    Sad...truly tragic.
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    Sad...truly tragic.
    Yep.... If you google the kid's name, there are quite a few stellar reports on him... Looks as though he was gonna be a good draft prospect.

    I'll be interested to see what some of the details are, when they eventually come out.
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    What a waste. It truly gives a little pause for thought.

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    Coach says 2 teammates with victim during stabbing
    By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Writer The Associated Press
    Monday, October 19, 2009

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) One teammate performed first aid while another comforted a University of Connecticut football player who was fatally stabbed during a fight outside a school-sanctioned dance over the weekend, their coach said Monday.

    Coach Randy Edsall wouldn't identify the teammates or say how many players witnessed the fight that led to the death of 20-year-old Jasper Howard.

    "One had Jasper in his arms and the other was pressuring where the wound went in and had blood on his hands," Edsall said. "And those two young men are pretty deeply affected right now."

    The state's medical examiner's office said Monday that Howard died from a single stab wound to the abdomen. The death was ruled a homicide.

    Howard, a junior and starting cornerback, came to the school to get away from the violence on the streets of his hometown of Miami. He was the first person in his family to go to college.

    Joanglia Howard said she got news of her son's death about 4 a.m. Sunday, and described him as a "good kid" who never got into trouble.

    "All I wanted him to do was go to school and get an education, and he was doing what I asked him to do," she told WSVN-TV in Miami.

    Edsall planned to meet Howard's parents at a Connecticut airport later Monday. They planned to visit the surgeon who tried to save his life, and the medical examiner who has custody of the body.

    Police interviewed dozens of witnesses on Monday but said there were no suspects and no arrests, although around 300 people were in the area when a fire alarm sounded and students evacuated the building.

    A second student also was stabbed and was treated and released from a local hospital. UConn police would not identify the student.

    "We're pursuing active investigative leads," UConn police Maj. Ronal Blicher said. "The investigation will continue into this week."

    Police arrested a Hartford man, 21-year-old Johnny Hood, after the stabbing and charged him with interfering with an officer and breach of peace. Hood was identified by witnesses as being involved in the altercation, and gave police a false name, according to an incident report. Hood was arraigned Monday.

    He has not been charged with Howard's death. Blicher said authorities are not anticipating any "significant changes in the investigation" Monday.

    Blicher said Howard was wounded during a fight between two groups that included students and non-students. The altercation broke out just after a fire alarm went off in a student center, forcing around 300 people to evacuate from the party and dance sponsored by the school's West Indian Awareness Organization.

    The violence came less than 12 hours after UConn's 38-25 homecoming victory over Louisville. Edsall identified Howard's body at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford Sunday morning.

    The team will wear a sticker with Howard's initials on its helmets for the rest of the season and will carry Howard's helmet or jersey to away games, Edsall said.

    The coach said he doesn't know if the two teammates who helped Howard will play when the Huskies visit Big East foe West Virginia on Saturday.

    "I've talked to both of them each day," he said. "I've got to see where they're at today, see where they're at tomorrow and I will tell them if they don't feel they are mentally ready to play, that's their decision, and I'll honor whatever decision they want to make."

    Blicher said officials do not believe the stabbing was premeditated, nor do they think anyone else is in danger.

    Some students on Monday said they've never considered their campus unsafe. Some, like freshman Alexander Wegh of Terryville, stayed indoors on Sunday as police gathered evidence.

    "I kind of just stayed inside (Sunday) because they really didn't tell us what was going on," he said. "I didn't come here thinking about safety, because it's not like when you pick your school you're like, 'Oh, it's going to be really safe or not.' You assume it's going to be safe."

    Howard's death was especially tragic, because he was about to become a father, Edsall said. Neither police nor the university provided any additional information about the expectant mother, whom Edsall identified as Howard's girlfriend.

    Howard had a career-high 11 tackles Saturday and made perhaps the game's biggest play, forcing a fumble as Louisville was driving with UConn up 21-13 in the third quarter.

    "He played a great football game against us," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said Monday. "I had a lot of respect for him coming into the game and even more coming out of the game."

    A student memorial service was being planned. The campus co-op store sold out of Howard's No. 6 jersey Monday morning.

    Administrators from West Virginia, Connecticut and the Big East Conference talked on Sunday but postponing the game was not discussed, school officials said.

    West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said plans are in the works to honor Howard at Saturday's game in Morgantown, W.Va. He said he expected the game would be very emotional for both teams.

    "The youngsters from our Miami area took it very, very, very hard," he said. "Our guys were quite shaken, as they should be and they really, really liked that young man immensely."

    Edsall said his team will resume practicing on Tuesday.

    "It'll be good for us to be getting back on the practice field tomorrow and getting a little bit of what in this tragic situation, back to a little bit of normalcy with what we have to do," he said.
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