Star high school football player arrested after fatal shooting of 13-year-old in Euclid


EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – The FOX 8 I-Team learned a star running back for Benedictine High School in Cleveland was arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting and murder of a 13-year-old boy. 

Euclid police confirmed Duane Jackson, 18, was arrested at the high school Wednesday morning. He is facing a charge of complicity to aggravated murder. 

Courtesy: Euclid Police Department

School officials released the following statement: “We are working with authorities to learn more about this incident and to the best of our knowledge, no student was ever in danger regarding this incident.”  

Police said Maurco Toler, 13, was shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting on Dec. 11.

Toler was in the front yard of his friend’s home on Zeman Avenue when he was shot.

Police said the gunfire came from a dark-colored 2004 to 2007 Ford Escape.

Euclid Police Detective Steve Shubert said the investigation is continuing and they expect to make additional arrests. 

“We are not done yet,” Shubert said.  

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said the case is extremely tragic and detectives want to make sure everyone involved is brought to justice. 

Jackson is scheduled to appear Thursday in the Euclid Municipal Court on a charge of complicity to commit aggravated murder.

Euclid detectives are working to identify additional suspects.

If you can help police, contact the Euclid Police Detective Bureau at 216-289- 8505.

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