The husband of a former Kansas soccer player faces murder charges


The husband of a former University of Kansas soccer goaltender has been charged with first-degree murder over her death, police said.

Officers found Regan Noelle Gibbs, 25, “mortally wounded” at her home in Lawrence, Kansas Monday night, the Lawrence Kansas Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Her husband, 26-year-old Chad Joseph Marek, reportedly called 911 and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing the footballer’s death.

He appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing on murder charges and loudly The Kansas City Starremains jailed on a $1m (£808,950) bond.

Police reportedly said Gibbs was likely killed as a result of a domestic violence incident, but declined to say on Wednesday exactly how she was killed.

Gibbs, from Naches, Wash., was a goaltender for the Jayhawks football program from 2015-2018. She was also on two teams while in Kansas, according to the university’s athletics department website.

Paying tribute to her former teammates with University of Kansas coach Mark Francis, “Our football program is heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of Regan.”

(University of Kansas/Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Office via KWCH)

“She was a great teammate and young woman and touched so many during her time in Kansas,” Francis said in a statement. “Regan will always be remembered for the impact she made both on and off the field. We extend our condolences to her family, friends and teammates at this difficult time.”

It was not clear whether Mr. Marek had an attorney or filed a plea.

A GoFundMe donation page has since been set up to help Gibb’s family with funeral expenses. The site says she is survived by her mother and four sisters.

Additional coverage from The Associated Press The husband of a former Kansas soccer player faces murder charges

Bobby Allyn

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