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Howard Porter (August 31, 1948–May 27, 2007)
was an American
professional basketball player. At 6'8" and 220 pounds,
he played as a forward and a
Porter was born in Stuart, Florida. He attended Booker
High School in Sarasota, Florida, where he was
nicknamed "Geez" because teammates said he could leap into the air
like a geyser. The highlight
of his high school career occurred in 1967, when he led Booker to
the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A State
Basketball Championship. Porter then played collegiately at Villanova
University, where he was a three time All-America selection. He took Villanova to
the 1971 NCAA
Championship Game, in which Villanova lost to UCLA 68-62. Porter was named
the tournament's Most
Outstanding Player after scoring 25 points in the final game.
However, he was later ruled ineligible for the honor because he had
signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh
Condors of the American Basketball
Association during the middle of his senior year.
Porter never played for the Condors, instead joining the NBA's Chicago Bulls in
1971. He played seven seasons in the NBA as a member of the Bulls,
Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and New Jersey
Nets. His finest professional season occurred in 1976-77, when he averaged 13.2 points and
5.9 rebounds for the Pistons.
2007 disappearance and
Howard Porter, who was employed as a county probation
officer, disappeared on May 18, 2007. He was found severely
beaten in a Minneapolis,
Minnesota alley in the early morning hours of May 19 and died
on May 27 of injuries sustained during the assault.
Local police arrested 33-year-old Tanya Washington in connection
with the murder.
Washington was later released by police, stating that there was not
enough evidence to file charges against her.  On
September 4, police announced that they had arrested and charged
Rashad Arthur Raleigh with Porter's murder.  Raleigh
is now serving a life sentence for Porter's murder. 
Howard Porter is interred at Washington Park Cemetery in Orlovista, Florida.
Porter dies from beating
injuries at age 58, updated May 27, 2007
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