Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Players to Honor Jasper Howard

October 20, 2009 by Allison Boyer  
Filed under Football

The entire Connecticut campus was celebrating their homecoming win over Louisville when the unthinkable happened – one member of the team was stabbed outside of a school-sponsored dance. The fire alarm went off in the building, and Jasper “Jazz” Howard was one of the students to head outside, and while there, a confrontation led to him being stabbed. Despite the best efforts of two teammates that were with him, Howard died from the wounds.

It is my hope that players can remember Howard in the happy times. Image: Newscom.

It is my hope that players, friends, and family members can remember Howard in the happy times. Image: Newscom.

As of now, the police have not made any arrests, and they’re asking that any students who might have pictures or videos of the fight to come forward. While there are suspects, and the Howard family is confident that the person responsible will be brought to justice, this is an especially hard pill for everyone to swallow because Howard was actually working hard to get away from violence. Howard was from a rougher area of Miami, and was thriving at college. Friends say that he was the type of person everyone loved and was very outgoing and friendly.

The show must go on, but this weekend, players at Connecticut will were a sticker wearing Howard’s number (#6). In addition, one of Howard’s high school friends, Chris Chancellor, now plays for Clemson and got permission to wear #6 at their next game to honor Howard.

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