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Former Nebraska Player Arrested

March 19, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A former Nebraska football player was arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of a one-time gang member who provided support to others trying to change their lives.

Abdul Muhammad, 28, was booked for criminal homicide and use of a weapon to commit a felony in connection with the shooting of 26-year-old Robert Paylor IV.

Paylor had driven up to his house around 5 p.m. Saturday when another man got out of his car and began a foot chase with Paylor, who was shot a few houses away from his home, Officer Meg Fricke said.

Paylor was found on the front porch of the other home. He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, where he died.

Muhammad is a former wide receiver who last played for Nebraska in 1994.

Paylor was a member of the Mad Dads’ support group for former gang members and drug dealers. He had been involved with gangs and served time in prison before speaking out against gangs and violence, said Mad Dads founder Eddie Staton.

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