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UConn raising funds for memorial to slain player

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Jasper Howard in his UConn unifrom. (WFSB file photo) Jasper Howard in his UConn unifrom. (WFSB file photo)
STORRS, CT (AP) -

The UConn Foundation has set up a fund to raise money for a public memorial to Jasper Howard, the Huskies defensive back who was stabbed to death outside a school dance five years ago.

The school hopes to raise about $3,000 through the Jasper "Jazz" Howard Statue Fund.

The school says the memorial will be at Rentschler Field and incorporate Howard's No. 6 jersey. They hope to unveil it in November.

Howard was fatally stabbed during a fight between two groups outside the student union on Oct. 18, 2009. Authorities say the fight began over a comment one player made about a woman at the dance.

John Lomax III of Bloomfield is serving an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter in Howard's death.

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