Former high school football standout found shot to death

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A former McKinley High School football star who went to prison for selling guns to gangs was found shot to death.

Ruben Valentino Floyd, 45, of Canton, was shot at close range Wednesday morning in his pickup truck outside of a bakery, police said.

Minutes later and about three-quarters of a mile away, police stopped Craig Dunivant, 34, also of Canton, in his leased Jaguar with a gun in the car. He surrendered peacefully.

Dunivant was charged with aggravated murder and booked into the Stark County Jail, where he was held without bond.

Detectives were trying to figure out how the two men knew each other, Capt. James Myers said.

Myers said detectives believe Dunivant parked his car in the area and walked toward Floyd, shooting him several times in the head and upper torso. The driver's-side window was blasted out, and investigators found shell casings outside of the pickup truck.

Floyd was a star on the 1974 McKinley team, earning an athletic scholarship to Purdue University.

Police and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested him in March 1991. They said he supplied semiautomatic weapons to drug gangs.

Floyd was convicted in 1992 on 19 counts of federal firearms violations, including a scheme to sell 140 guns to drug dealers. He was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison.

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