Oct. 18, 2009
Storrs, Conn. - University of Connecticut student-athlete Jasper Howard (Miami, Fla.) died early Sunday morning at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Howard, a junior cornerback on the football team, died from injuries sustained from a stabbing that occurred on the Storrs campus.
UConn Police and the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit continue to actively investigate this incident and ask that anyone with information pertaining to the incident contact UConn Police at 860-486-4800.
"Early this morning, we lost one of our students, Jasper Howard, to an act of violence," said University of Connecticut President Dr. Michel J. Hogan. "Many of you know Jasper -- a devoted son, friend, and promising student-athlete. I know that our community is grieving this loss and are distressed by the violence that it involved. We extend our deepest condolences to Jasper's family, friends, and teammates at this time of incredible sorrow."
"The UConn family is a special one and we will all get through this together," says UConn Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway. "Jasper was a great young man and he will be missed by all of his fellow student-athletes in each of our athletic programs. Our thoughts in the Division of Athletics go out to the Howard family."
"All of us are saddened with the loss of our brother and teammate Jasper," says UConn head football coach Randy Edsall. "Jazz was a tremendous young man who had grown so much in his short time with us at UConn. He was starting to come into his own as both a player and a person. He will be sorely missed but we will have him in our memories. We will show support to Jasper's family and go on with our season full-steam ahead as that is what Jasper would want us to do."BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto offered the following statement following the passing of Howard.
"On behalf of the entire BIG EAST Conference family, I would like to formally extend the genuine and heartfelt condolences of our members to the University of Connecticut Community as well as the Howard family on the inexplicable and violent death of Jasper Howard.Although our membership is deeply saddened by this shocking and tragic loss, we also hope and pray that the Howard family, in particular, finds solace in his memory and some degree of comfort in the comportment and manner in which his classmates and teammates have recounted his impact on their lives and the university community."