Sunday, October 18, 2009

Updating Howard stabbing

Randy Edsall said during his press conference this afternoon that he was informed that Howard was stabbed and arrived at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford around 1:30 a.m. Other members of the football team were also waiting in the emergency room's lobby. Around 4:30 a.m., Edsall was called in to identify the body.

He made the difficult call to Howard's mother, Joangila, to break the news. Edsall also learned Howard was going to be a father. His girlfriend is pregant.

The investigation is ongoing. Maj. Ronald Blicher of the UConn Police Department said there were over 300 at the dance, who all were forced to evacuate into the street when a fire alarm was pulled. An altercation occurred, where Howard and another were stabbed. Blicher said there is no indication the fire alarm predicated the murder, he believes it merely occurred prior to the altercation. Blicher said there is no weapon in custody at this time. He also said the university community should not feel threatened as this was not a random act.

ETA: There is a suspect, a male, who has yet to be identified.


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