Reports: Former NFL Player Was Murdered by Drug Dealers

February 22, 2018 Updated: February 22, 2018

Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Robert Eddins was shot and killed in a basement by drug dealers, according to reports.

The Detroit News reported that Eddins was shot by three cocaine and heroin dealers. Eddins and another man, Ricardo McFarlin, were shot execution-style at his grandmother’s home in Detroit.

Three men were charged in their murders. They were identified as Michael Griffin, Dennis Epps, and Mariano Garcia. They were trying to deal more than 10 pounds of heroin and cocaine, a TMZ report said.

They traveled from Alabama to Detroit to kill Eddins. They killed the other man in the process, the reports said.

Eddins and McFarlin were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

“The murders of Eddin and McFarlin is just another example of how violence is intertwined with drug trafficking,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a statement. “We hope to bring justice for the families of the deceased men and dismantle all organizations that spread these deadly poisons in our neighborhoods,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider added in a statement.

Eddins played for Buffalo in 2011 after playing for Ball State University. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League.

The Buffalo News reported that the three suspects are in custody, but they haven’t yet been transported to Detroit, officials said.

Other details about the case have not yet been revealed.


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