Mother Speaks on Jasper Howard UPDATE: 10/19/09 Today the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Howard died of knife wound to his abdomen. His mother Joangela Howard had spoken to her son on his good game hours before UConn coach Randy Edsall called to inform her of his stabbing. "He was a good child, a wonderful, sweet, loving child," she told CNN. "I just hope whoever did it turns himself in. [Jasper] didn't deserve this."