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Hometown residents back Te'o in girlfriend hoax

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Residents in the small Hawaiian hometown of Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o are reacting to the bizarre scandal of his online girlfriend being make believe.

It was the story of the college football season.  A star player of an underdog team stricken by the death of a cancer ridden girlfriend... Taking that passion to the field.. And leading his team to victory. 

As it turns out, word broke that his girlfriend never died or even existed.  Folks at his hometown say they'll stand by their star player.

"He's a good kid," said resident Calvin Kealoha, "and we know he'd never do anything like that."

Carrington says: "oh, really shocked, because we were watching him as we was being the candidate for the Heisman trophy."

miller says: "we just want others to know that we know Manti. We know he wouldn't do that. But whatever comes of this, we still love Manti."
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Notre Dame officials confirmed the story was a hoax, but insist Te'o was the victim.

However, there are still many lingering questions.  In interviews Te'o claimed to have met his girlfriend, saying he spent time with her in Hawaii.

Story from KGMB in Hawaii/

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