UConn to Build Memorial for Slain Football Player

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    EAST HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 12: Jasper Howard #6 of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball as Johnny White #34 of the North Carolinia Tar Heels tries to make the tackle on September 12, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Five years after University of Connecticut cornerback Jasper Howard was stabbed to death in the center of campus, the university is raising money to build a memorial in his honor at Rentschler Field.

    Howard was fatally stabbed outside the Student Union in Storrs just hours after the team’s win over the Louisville Cardinals on Oct. 18, 2009.

    Eight people have been charged in connection with his death, including John Lomax, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    Now the university is collecting donations to construct a memorial statue in his memory.

    Jasper Howard Vigil

    [HAR] Jasper Howard Vigil
    An outpouring of emotion took place at the UConn campus Wednesday night, where nearly 1,000 people gathered to honor and celebrate the life of Jasper Howard.

    UConn hopes to raise between $20,000 and $30,000 and unveil the statue at the homecoming game in November, according to athletics spokesman Michael Enright.

    He said the statue will likely be made of stone and will include No. 6, for Howard's jersey. It will be situated on the concourse in front of the scoreboard.

    You can donate online through the UConn Foundation.