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Top Ranked HS Quarterback Charged in Cabbie Murder

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.

04/24/2013 11:35AM
Teen Charged in Cabbie Murder
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04/24/2013 3:04PM
Big Surprise
Oh my god he's black, I never would have guessed. These savages need to get sent back to the jungle.
04/24/2013 7:17PM
I am shocked this would happen, what causes you to do that, this could probably would have gotten a scholarship and had a chance to do something with his life.
04/24/2013 11:53PM
cab fare
The cabbie probably asked him to pay the fare. Obviously the kid must have thought the cabbie disrespected him for not knowing who he was and asking him to pay for the fare. Well most of these self entitled athletes start with petty crimes but recently they have been charged with rape and murder. Well he can hopefully spend the rest of his life finding the lord or maybe becoming a muslim. Its a shame a promsing life cut short another one ended. Maybe instead of fighting worthless wars overseas our leaders could send the army into the poorest sections of every major American city and clean out the gangs and drug dealers so any hardworking people can live in peace.
04/25/2013 2:02PM
Drugs ???
Did the police do a drug test for steroids. Sounds like a hard night of partying with ecstacy, pot, coke, meth topped with anabolic steroids.
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