BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A 17-year-old high school student has been charged with second degree murder in the death of a cabbie last month.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says Maurice Howie is accused of killing 55-year-old Mazen Abdallah after Abdallah picked him up in his cab about 5:40 a.m. March 6.
Derenda says Abdallah had gone missing in the early morning hours of March 6th, when he was found in the back seat of his taxi on Norfolk Avenue about 7 a.m. that morning after fellow cabbies began a search when he didn't respond to dispatchers.
Derenda describes Howie as a star athlete who played football at Buffalo's South Park High School.
Howie was on the cusp of being an all time record -breaking quarterback. Had he completed passes for only 1000 yards next season, he would have become the first WNY quarterback to pass for 1000 yards in 4 consecutive seasons. In his career, Howie completed 324 of 522 passes- a stunning record for a high schooler.
Howie's being held without bail at Erie County Holding Center.