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"Tears fell hard from the October sky"

In the coming days, we'll hopefully read about the life of Jasper Howard, human being. For the moment, we can only remember Jasper as most of us knew him: as a football player. A poster on UConn's forum, the Boneyard, put together the above short video of Jasper's highlights, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't shed a few tears watching it.

Among other links as we sort through this tragedy:

  • The Courant's Jeff Jacobs has posted a column that pretty much touches on everything I've been thinking about this afternoon
  • As we tweeted a few minutes ago, Fox 61 has a video interview with UConn police major Ronald Blicher. It's a good summary of the story as we know it thus far, though obviously there are lots of details to be filled in as the investigation moves on.
  • Heart-rending AP update: Howard was to be a father; team captain Desi Cullen promises "100 uncles" for the child
  • Cullen's full statement from this afternoon
  • UConn president Michael Hogan releases a statement
  • Joe Perez at the Norwich Bulletin and John Silver at the J-I wrap up this afternoon's press conference
  • West Virginia coach Bill Stewart opened his Sunday teleconference with some nice words
  • and the Courant both have photo galleries of Howard in action

We'll try to keep up with all of the reaction and memorials as they happen. This is a very tough day to be a member of the UConn family.