BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The arrest of a South Park football star, accused of gunning down a Buffalo cabbie in cold blood, has shocked the community.
Maurice Howie stands accused of killing Mazen Abdallah, an Airport Taxi driver, at the beginning of March. The 17-year-old star quarterback was charged Wednesday, leaving many stunned.
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South Park High School football cheerleader Damaris Gonzalez said, "I was shocked when I heard that because he's such a good quarterback and a good person."
Howie is a junior at South Park High and it appears he had a bright future ahead of him.
"It was probably someone else, too," Gonzalez said. "I don't think [he's capable of this]. He's quiet. He's a very quiet person."
Police say it's likely they'll make another arrest in this case but would not say who this person is or if they have an association with South Park High School.
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Howie, who proudly wore #3, was a finalist for the Connolly Cup in 2012, awarded to the region's most outstanding player. His highlight reel, posted on YouTube last October, boasts of his passing and scoring abilities.
News 4 went to his Hamburg Street home, but no one answered the door. Lisa Williams, a neighbor, couldn't believe the news.
"I'm shocked because like I said, he had a great personality, he was kind to everybody, he always had a smile on his face. He always seemed like he was with a great group of kids and always stayed out of trouble," she said.
Williams added she would often see Howie playing football with kids in the neighborhood.
"He was doing the right thing," Williams said. "Obviously his parents were teaching him the right things, maybe he just got caught up in a bad situation. Sometimes good people do bad things."
A star, whom so many speak so highly of, now has the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars.
Buffalo Schools spokeswoman Elena Cala declined comment on this story.
Howie's coach, Tim Delaney, could not be reached. But he sent out a message on Twitter that said: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. #todaystartsanewchapter"
That tweet was later deleted.
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