Former University of Houston football player accused of murdering 2 high school teammates

Source: MEGA; University of Houston

Apr. 19 2021, Published 9:35 p.m. ET

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An ex-University of Houston football player is accused of double murder in his Texas hometown.

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Zamar Kirven, 21, allegedly gunned down Sabion Kubitza, 22, and Jacob Ybarra, 20, at a home in Mart around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, April 18, according to Waco’s KWTX-TV.

Kirven had played football with the victims, who the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office said might have been sleeping when they died. 

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The suspect was a linebacker with the University of Houston for three seasons but was dismissed at the end of 2020 for violating team rules. 

Kirven had limited playing time for the Cougars compiling 38 tackles over three years. 

Authorities charged Kirven with capital murder but have not released a possible motive for the shootings. He is currently being held in a Texas jail. 

With the capital murder charge, Kirven could face the death penalty if convicted. 


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