Feb 24, 2018
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Murder: Ex-NFL Linebacker Robert Eddins shot to death by 3 drug dealers, in basement

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Detroit, Michigan – Ex-NFL linebacker Robert Eddins, who played briefly with the Buffalo Bills, was shot to death in a basement by 3 drug dealers, officials say.

Eddins and another man, Ricardo McFarlin, were murdered in 2016 in an “execution style” shooting in the basement of Robert’s grandmother’s home in Detroit.

Both men were discovered by Eddins’ father, who came to check on his son.

The men died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office.

Robert Eddins

“All they know is they went out last night,” Bridget said. “There isn’t a car here. There’s nothing here. That’s his dad’s truck. He came here and found him. That’s all we know, dead in the basement. Shot.”

Police say whoever killed both men tried to cover up the crime.

“The gas was on from the stove. The pilots were not lit. It looks like an intentional act,” police said.

Investigators say the house had heat and was, in their words, “in good shape except for one room.”

“There was one room that was tossed, so it looked like they were looking for something.”

Whatever happened inside that house, Bridget Eddins says her son wouldn’t have lost his life without a fight.

“I know one thing, whoever did it, he wasn’t going out like that,” Bridget said. “He probably told them to give me your best shot that’s how he was.”

On Thursday, three alleged drug dealers were charged in federal court for the murders.

The three men indicted are:

  • Michael DeAngelo Griffin, 34, of Birmingham, Alabama
  • Clifton Dennis Epps, 30, of Amory, Mississippi.
  • Mariano Lozoya Garcia, 47, of Brownsville, Texas.

The three men traveled from Alabama to Detroit to kill Eddins and McFarlin during a period in which the trio was distributing cocaine and heroin, according to the indictment.

Eddins signed with the Bills in 2011 after going undrafted out of Ball State. He also played with Buffalo in 2012 but only appeared in 1 regular season game.

He later went on to play in the Canadian Football League.

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