A football star with the University of Maine Black Bears, Zedric Joseph, 24, is being held by police in West Palm Beach in connection with a fatal stabbing, reports WPTV. The attack occurred on March 7, and killed Richard Chery, 23. Another woman, Vashti Laurore, 23, received minor wounds and was later released from hospital..
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He’s a Rostered Player With the Black Bears
Joseph plays as a running back for the University of Maine, he was listed on the team’s roster for the 2013 season. The school’s football coach, Jack Cosgrove, offered a brief statement where he said:
This is very hard to comprehend. We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families and friends.
UMaine’s Vice President, Kenda Scheele said:
We were very saddened to learn that a University of Maine student has been arrested in connection with the death of one person and the injury of another in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been forever changed by this horrific incident.
He was a transfer student to Maine from Erie Community College. While at Erie, he was First Team All-Conference at running back and Second Team All-Conference at kick returner.
2. He’s a New Yorker
Joseph went to high school in the Palm Beach area. . He graduated Palm Beach Central High School but he was born in Orchard Park, New York. At high school, he owns the school record for single game receiving and most kick returns for touchdown.
3. Joseph Suffered a Broken Leg Last Season
— Maine Football (@BlackBearsFB) November 8, 2013
His 2013 season was ruined before it got started. In a game against Bryant in September 2013, Joseph suffered a broken leg.
It was an especially big blow as in the team’s first game of the season against Norfolk State, Joseph scored an 85-yard touchdown.
4. Joseph is a Childhood Development Major
His major at the University of Maine is in childhood development and family relations. Joseph’s parents are Dorena Brooks and Mark Joseph. As March 8, he has been suspended from school at the University of Maine, reports the Bangor Daily News.
5. The Black Bears Are in Mourning For a Former Player
This is the second major incident to impact the Black Bears in the last few days. On March 11, former player Dominic Cusano, died tragically, according to the school’s website.