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Howard, whose nickname was Jazz, died hours after helping his team to a homecoming game win over Louisville. He was 20.
The entire UConn football team attended his funeral Monday in Miami. Players said they were happy that an arrest was made, but that it was of little comfort.
"It is a little closure, but the reality is my teammate's still not here with us," said running back Jordan Todman.
Several players said Tuesday that they had never heard of Lomax and don't know how he and Howard crossed paths.
"I know that his mother is very excited that someone is being charged with this crime. That's all I've been really thinking about, just how his family is doing," said defensive tackle Kendall Reyes.
Greg Lloyd, a junior linebacker, said the team is relieved that someone is being held accountable for Howard's death.
"I wish only that it didn't happen at all so at least I can have my teammate back," he said. "It's unreal grief for the family, unreal grief for his friends -- it's just a shame."
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