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Football Horror: Three Charged in Taylor Murder

12/1/2007 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Three of the four suspects in Sean Taylor's death were charged with unpremeditated murder early Saturday. Charles Wardlow, Eric Rivera and Venjah Hunte all faced the same charge. Police say the killing of Taylor was unplanned. The fourth suspect was arrested but has not yet been charged.

Miami-Dade Police Department spokeswoman Linda O'Brien identified the men as: Eric Rivera Jr., 17, Venjah K. Hunte, 20, Jason Scott Mitchell, 19 and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18.

Miami-Dade County Police Director Robert Parker said the suspects didn't expect Taylor to be home when they broke into his home Monday morning. The NFL Pro Bowler surprised them and was fatally shot. The suspects -- all of whom have prior arrests -- are expected to make their first appearance in a Fort Myers courtroom sometime today.

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76.

Redneck Messiah    

you've got to be kidding, these fools don't vote...much less are of age. republicans threaten to blow people up with bombs, start wars and make the nation bankrupt. get a clue. the bush administration will go down in history as the worse president and cabinet EVER. make a note of it.

2434 days ago
77.

FIGHT    

Oh my. "solution". That was a very poorly timed typo.

I'm not as familiar with American politics as I should be, but I'm quite certain republicans are the ones that are gun happy ... no? I doubt Timothy McVeigh, Charles Manson, or the school shooting kids were ever republicans.

2434 days ago
78.

annab    

what a stupid waste of a decent life!

2434 days ago
79.

Dog is a racist mutt!    

Many people on both sides of the current government scare the hell out of me. In the last 7 or so years, I have only seen things get worse. Unless things really change, we are going to have a lot more incidents like this one. As our society crumbles from within, the lines become more drawn as violence continues to escalate. I hope people will refrain from voting strictly along any party lines and will just vote for whoever can do the best job. Personally, I think the bi-partisan ideal needs to be junked. Violence like this is just becoming way to common.

2434 days ago
80.

Megan    

A poverty issue?! I'm sure these are children of the great government programs that we have now...gee, they sure turned out great, right? Let's create more government programs to raise our kids, that's just a great idea. Or wait, let's take all of the money from the wealthy; the ones who keep the economy alive, the one's who donate the most money to charities, the ones who pay the most in taxes than anyone else; let's take their money and give it to the poor so the poor unfortunate ones can buy Escalades, platinum teeth, and bling-bling. Let's not teach them that hard work, sacrifice, and education are what create successful people, let's teach them that taking from the rich, living in welfare housing and off of government programs is what creates successful people. This country is going to Hell.

2434 days ago
81.

kw5757    

why did the thugs have a gun if not to kill him i hope they rot in hell and burn like thugs should

2434 days ago
82.

Dog is a racist mutt!    

Jzz, makes me wonder what you look like and what your motivations are. Thin veils are easy to see through.

2434 days ago
83.

Tractor    

My prayers for Sean Taylor's child and her mother and his mom and dad. It is not supposed to be a parent buries their child. Sean, pray for us and the Redskins. As you said God has been good to you, looked out for you, protected you. You lived your life doing something you loved to do, something you were excited to set about doing every day of your life. Just so happended it paid you a "kings randsom". I will never forget the exitement watching you play. I was so looking forward to a long career of highlights with my favorite team. But, you know what they say, if you want to make god laugh just tell him your plans. He had other plans. God Bless you Sean and your familly.

2434 days ago
84.

whateveryousay    

B A S T A R D S. You can't imagine how Washington, DC is feeling right now, you pigs.

2434 days ago
85.

Dog is a racist mutt!    

Then you consider that when they do go to jail, it will probably be only for a couple of years and then they will come out angrier, better trained as criminals, and pretty much have no other options that they can foresee with their limited vision. Ahh, the cycle of life, criminal style. Wonderful.

2434 days ago
86.

Sven    

Maybe too early to predict -- but it's beginning to look like a domestic dispute to me.... all the perps are friends of or related to Sean's sister - payback? Just opportunity and anger at a girlfriend who had a rich bro.

I'm gonna start blogging to the NFL teams and League that if they're gonna keep drafting young men with no background in common sense and throwing millions at them, they need to throw more than money their way - like counseling (daily counselors, as they do coaches and doctors for physical problems) and start to treat all their ailments - these kids are just that - kids - and I believe they need to begin to get some sort of guidance about leaving the old life behind - cutting ties - Sean had a home here in Ashland, VA, but only used it occasionally - going back to the old bad ties every week instead in Miami - the adults have to start to take responsibility for giving these kids millions in money but no guidance in responsibility and knowlege of how to cut ties.

2434 days ago
87.

Tractor    

Any more reading your remarks makes my hair hurt!

The whole problem is revolves around the fact 90% of all of the wealth in this country is controlled by 10% of the population. Until that changes you are not going to save this country it is inevitable it is doomed because the only way it has continued this far is due to the immigrants, as soon as they get tired of serving the rich who else is going to take up the charge? Nobody works anymore, look around during the week Malls are crowded, highways jammed with one occupant autos going nowhere. Your word are not going to change anything, this stuff is gonna happen. When your time is up its up all the money in the world will not buy you one more breath or minute of life.

Oh, and by the way, I saw an article on the internet a sprorts venue, saying starting with the New England Patriots and carrying into the Indianappolis Colts, NFL owners are sick and tired of paying big bucks to these hip hop, gun totting, rap artist football players coming out of college. The move, starting with these two teams is to mostly white players. It is further evidenced itself in the fines levied by the new NFL commissioner. They are fed up and not going to take it any more, the pac man jones, Michael Vicks and any other thugs coming out of college can forget about it, regardless of what their skill levels are the owners are going in a different direction. The colts and patriots offensive line is all white the article pointed out, its just the begining the article said, expect other teams to follow suit.

I think Sean Taylor learned his lesson well and made changes in his life and was on track to lead a very productive and fruitfull life. He had his faith and put his life in god's hands. I was very impressed with him. Pray for us Sean.

2434 days ago
88.

Sven    

And the perps - such a sad commentary - one is the quarterback of a "Christian" academic high school - again - the sports thing ignoring the person's faults and problems so to keep a high-pointer on the team - he's been arrested 4 times in last 3 years - but still the quarterback at this Christian academy and now he's gonna be charged with murder - geez, I wonder if they finally cancel his scholarship!

2434 days ago
89.

Trish    

Bet their mamas are proud!

2434 days ago
90.

Shan    

Wow. They're all black. Didn't see that coming. So is it time to hear how us white folk made the brotheras kill someone?

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