My condolences to the family and friends first and fore most.

I heard his good friend Antrel Rolle interviewed and he said that "they" have been trying to get him for three years. Did I miss something here? Did the police catch someone or what is that all about?
Taylor's death a grim reminder for us all
Jason Whitlock
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There's a reason I call them the Black KKK. The pain, the fear and the destruction are all the same.

Someone who loved Sean Taylor is crying right now. The life they knew has been destroyed, an 18-month-old baby lost her father, and, if you're a black man living in America, you've been reminded once again that your life is in constant jeopardy of violent death.
The Black KKK claimed another victim, a high-profile professional football player with a checkered past this time.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7499442

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"Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long."

I don't agree with that statement. No one has tolerated or rationalized violence, except maybe 16-year old suburban kids who listen to rap and think it's cool. Anyone who's been around violence and crime knows how unfair and wrong it is.

I believe in racial profiling because it helps police catch criminals.

I don't believe in rehashing stereotypes because it only serves to strengthen them. It's a step in the wrong direction.

Notice how he made his commentary and offered no solution to the problem.
This is very sad and a shame that it happened but he is very consistant on this issue in previous columns I have seen. It's not racist stereotype to state the facts and say there's a problem that should be dealt with. You can't fix anything by just constantly sending condolences to victims families and not addressing the actual cause of the problem. How can you disagree with hard facts and statistics? There's no room for it unless he's wrong about his statistics but I'm sure with the conviction he speaks with on this issue now and in the past he has done his research. Do your own here if you're interested but from 1976 to 2005 94% of black victims were killed by blacks. I got that straight off the Justice Departments website http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/race.htm. Not really any room for disagreement there.
This is a very sad situation. My condolences to the Taylor family and their extended families.

That same study stated 86% of whites were murdered by whites, not a whole lot of difference from the 94% of black offenders. The ONLY thing this shows is that there is WAY too much violence, PERIOD. Maybe this is proof that we should make more of an effort to make more friends OUTSIDE of our race.

I do think that when a male is shot in the groin after previous notices, it is a significant clue, not merely a side note. How could anyone denigrate a male more?
Three people have been detained for "questioning" in Lee County, Florida (Ft. Myers area), a 17 year old, an 18 year old and a 21 year old. Two others are being sought. The story is that these kids were at Sean's house a few weeks earlier for a party and scoped it out. The "plan" was a robbery. Nobody was supposed to be home at the time, but due to Sean's injury he did not make the trip to Tampa with the team, and instead, came home to Miami to get a second doctor's opinion on his injury.

Exremely sad !!!
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Originally posted by inky:
Three people have been detained for "questioning" in Lee County, Florida (Ft. Myers area), a 17 year old, an 18 year old and a 21 year old. Two others are being sought. The story is that these kids were at Sean's house a few weeks earlier for a party and scoped it out. The "plan" was a robbery. Nobody was supposed to be home at the time, but due to Sean's injury he did not make the trip to Tampa with the team, and instead, came home to Miami to get a second doctor's opinion on his injury.

Exremely sad !!!


Very interesting. So many people have been pointing at the supposed fact that Taylor ran with a bad crowd, and I bought into it a bit, I have to admit. "Your lifestyle determines your deathstyle," was something I'd heard. We heard so much about how he might have wronged someone in the 'hood years ago who was biding their time, came up to his place, killed the phone lines (very 1975, pre-cell phone) and killed Taylor in cold blood.

But, here's the thing that hasn't sat right: The style of the killing. According to what I've read, there were two shots, one that missed, and the other that hit Mr. Taylor in the thigh, hitting the femoral artery, resulting in a bleed-out death. These aren't execution type shots, they are two bullets squeezed off in a panic upon realizing that there was a machete wielding man in the room willing to defend himself.

If Mr. Taylor was a hardened thug, wouldn't he have something more sinister than a long knife for protection? If the stone cold killas were just that, wouldn't there be a "kill shot" taken? I've never fired a weapon at another person, but a below-the-torso shot is made in a panic, or made purposely not to kill.

At this point, I'm buying the burglary arguement.
From the AP Wire, 3 AM

The family of slain Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor will get little comfort from the arrest of four suspects, a family friend said, particularly since it appears the killing happened because of greed.
"They targeted him for his wealth," said Richard Sharpstein, Taylor's former attorney. "It makes his death even more pathetic, unnecessary and just actually disgusting."
Police arrested four people Friday in connection with Taylor's shooting death, saying they went to the home intent on committing a burglary, not killing.
The suspects didn't expect Taylor to be there, said Miami-Dade County police Director Robert Parker, but the Redskins safety was recuperating from a knee injury and had returned from Washington. When Taylor surprised them, he was shot.
"They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone," Parker said. "They were expecting a residence that was not occupied. So murder or shooting someone was not their initial motive."
Police spokeswoman Linda O'Brien identified the suspects as: Venjah K. Hunte, 20; Eric Rivera Jr., 17; Jason Scott Mitchell, 19; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18. O'Brien said the charges for each had not yet been determined, but "we are talking murder and burglary."
Authorities had more than one confession, but Parker would not elaborate.
The four were arrested Friday in southwest Florida, about 100 miles from Miami. They will be booked into the Lee County Jail and eventually will be returned to Miami, O'Brien said. She did not have any information on when they would appear in court, their hometowns or if they had attorneys.
Sharpstein had not spoken with Taylor's family regarding Friday's arrests, but said he doubted they provided any comfort.
"I know they are just saddened and appalled. The fact that they arrested his killer is no comfort to them," he said. "It probably inflames them more, because it tells them people were trying to steal from him.
"They are murderers. They should be treated like murderers and put in the Miami River and floated away."
The 24-year-old Pro Bowl safety died Tuesday, one day after being shot at his home in an affluent Miami suburb during what officials said appeared to be an attempted burglary.
Police have been investigating a possible link to a Nov. 17 break-in at Taylor's home, during which they said someone pried open a front window, rifled through drawers and left a kitchen knife on a bed.
"We're looking into whether or not one or more of the individuals had been at the residence before," Parker said.
The Miami Herald reported on its Web site that Mitchell and Wardlow had connections to Taylor. Mitchell cut Taylor's lawn and did other chores at the house, Mitchell's twin brother, Scottie, told the paper. Taylor's sister, Sasha Johnson, dates Wardlow's older cousin Christopher, and Scottie Mitchell told the paper the couple invited Jason Mitchell to Johnson's birthday party within the past two months.
A woman who identified herself as Jason Mitchell's mother told the Naples Daily News her son was at a birthday party at Sean Taylor's home a couple months ago. She also said her son was at home all week and last weekend.
"I don't know where he's at, I don't know why he's being held," she told the Naples paper. "No parent should see this happen to their child."
O'Brien would not confirm the reports when contacted by The Associated Press.
Taylor and longtime girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were awakened early Monday by loud noises at Taylor's home in an affluent Miami suburb. Taylor grabbed a machete he keeps in the bedroom for protection, Sharpstein said. Someone broke through the bedroom door and fired two shots, one missing and one hitting Taylor in the upper leg. Neither the couple's 18-month-old daughter, also named Jackie, nor Garcia were injured.
The bullet damaged the femoral artery in Taylor's leg, causing significant blood loss. Taylor never regained consciousness and died a little more than 24 hours later.
A public viewing for Taylor is scheduled Sunday in Miami, and the entire Redskins organization plans to fly to Florida to attend Monday's funeral at Pharmed Arena at Florida International University.
The Redskins also announced that fans attending Sunday's game will receive a towel with Taylor's No. 21 jersey on it, and his name will be displayed prominently in an end zone.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder said the team will contribute a minimum of $500,000 to a fund to benefit Taylor's daughter, and he released a statement late Friday acknowledging the arrests.
"This is another step, but not a conclusion, in a very personal and painful tragedy," he said. "I also want to thank everyone who has joined us in mourning the loss of Sean. People from all over the world contacted the Redskins to share our grief and offer their prayers for Sean and his family. We will never forget the courage his family, especially Jackie, Pete and Donna, have shown. Their composure has been a source of strength for us all."
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