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Star high school football player in Ohio arrested in connection to fatal drive-by shooting of 13-year-old boy

Source: MEGA; Euclid police

Jan. 14 2022, Published 9:13 a.m. ET

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A standout Ohio high school football player was taken into custody in connection to the killing of a 13-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting, authorities said.

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On Dec. 11, Maurco Toler was shot multiple times while he was in the front yard of his friend’s home in Euclid, WJW reported.

Surveillance video recovered from near the scene allegedly shows a dark-colored 2004 to 2007 Ford Escape passing by the residence when gunfire killed Toler around 2:40 p.m., police said.

Just over a month after the murder, on Jan.12, the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Duane Tra’Ron Jackson, 18, at Cleveland’s Benedictine High School, where he was a running back on the football team.

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Jackson currently faces a charge of complicity to aggravated murder, and Euclid Police Detective Steve Shubert told WJW more arrests in connection to the boy's slaying are expected as the investigation continues.

Benedictine High School officials said in a statement they are working with investigators to learn more about the incident but no student is believed to have been in danger in connection to the shooting.


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