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Mart man charged with killing former teammates as they slept

Mart man charged with killing former teammates as they slept


Police have charged a former Mart High School football player with capital murder in the shooting deaths of two former teammates while they were asleep early Sunday.

Zamar Kirven, 21, of Mart, was arrested after a shooting at 2 a.m. in the 1100 block of Texas Avenue, near the Western Hotel.

Zamar D. Kirven


Officials identified the victims as Jacob Ybarra, 20, and Sabion Kubitza, 22. Authorities believe Kirven knew the men and that they were asleep in the same house when they were killed. 

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara confirmed that Kirven confronted a third man but managed to get away. 

“There is no concrete motive at this time," McNamara said. "It is just a real sad deal."

McNamara also confirmed that Kirven fled and was arrested at his parents’ house. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, Kirven played for the University of Houston in 2018 and 2019 but was released from the program in 2020 “due to a violation of team rules.”

“It's unfortunate,” McNamara said. “He had a really good career from what I understand. He was a really good player.”

Before playing at the University of Houston, Kirven had attended Mart High School and had played on the football team alongside Ybarra and Kubitza.

“It is a tragedy for our community,” said Mart Police Chief Matthew Cosper. “We are a very tight-knit community, and this is devastating.”

Kirven was arrested and charged with capital murder and is being held at the McLennan County Jail with no bond.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Hailing from the Chicagoland area, Amaris E. Rodriguez is a 2019 graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and formerly worked the Journal & Topics news organization in Des Plains, Illinois.

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