Taylor, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft , was shot early Monday in the upper leg, damaging the key femoral artery and causing significant blood loss. Although there were encouraging signs that the twenty-four year old may possibly recover, the loss of blood proved to be too much.
In a statement issued by Miami-Dade County police, investigators believe that Taylor was "shot inside the home by an intruder," but admitted they do not have a suspect description at this time.
According to a family friend, Taylor, his girlfriend and their eighteen-month old daughter were awakened by loud banging noises and Taylor had grabbed a machete for protection. Moments later someone trying to break through the bedroom door fired two shots, one of which struck Taylor in the leg, the other hit the bedroom wall.
Eight days earlier a police report was filed by Taylor's mother after her son's house was broken into while the couple was away. The report notes that someone forced open a window, and left a kitchen knife on a bed. Several drawers and a bedroom safe had been searched during the break-in, but there was no report of stolen items.
Taylor's former attorney, Richard Sharpstein spoke with Good Morning America, saying it was still unclear if the first break in was related to Monday's attack, but said. "It is a high probability that it was the same people or some related people that returned."
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder issued a statement calling Taylor's killing "the worst imaginable tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean's family."
Makeshift memorials began popping up around the Redskins training facility shortly after news of the death became official. Plans are underway for Taylor's No. 21 to be painted in the grass area leading into Redskins Park and also painted on front of the Redskins Hall of Fame store.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is making plans to honor Taylor's memory at all games played this weekend.
"It is with deep regret that a young man had to come to his end so soon," his father Pedro Taylor said in a prepared statement.
"Many of his fans loved him because the way he played football. Many of his opponents feared him the way he approached the game. Others misunderstood him, many appreciated him and his family loved him."
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