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Benedictine football player arrested in connection with 13-year-old boy’s death in Euclid

Police say the teen was shot and killed while outside of a residence in the 25700 block of Zeman Avenue.

EUCLID, Ohio — A Benedictine High School football player has been arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Maurco Toler, which happened back on Dec. 11 in Euclid.

The Euclid Police Department announced Thursday morning that 18-year-old Duane Tra’Ron Jackson, of Cleveland, was identified as one of the suspects involved in the crime. He was arrested on Wednesday in Cleveland by the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Jackson, who is a standout running back on the Benedictine football team, is set to appear in the Euclid Municipal Court on a charge of complicity to commit aggravated murder on Thursday.

Police say Maurco was shot and killed while outside of a residence in the 25700 block of Zeman Avenue in Euclid. The shooting happened at approximately 2:40 p.m. with the gunfire coming from a passing vehicle, which police say is believed to be a dark-colored 2004-2007 Ford Escape.

The investigation is still open as Euclid detectives continue investigating leads to identify additional suspects. Those with knowledge of this incident are asked to contact the Euclid Police Detective Bureau at 216-289-8505.


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated article on Oct. 7, 2021.

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