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Old 26 Nov 2007, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (AP) -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was critically wounded in a pre-dawn shooting at his home Monday, and doctors were encouraged when he responded to simple commands after several hours of surgery.

The 24-year-old player was shot in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing significant blood loss. Family members were concerned that he could have permanent brain damage.

"The doctors are being very guarded about their prognosis," said family friend Richard Sharpstein, Taylor's former lawyer. "They're being a little bit skeptical about either whether he might make it or whether it might cause some permanent brain injury."

Later Monday, Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' vice president of football operations, offered encouraging news from the hospital.

"He was responsive to the doctor's request to squeeze his hand and show facial expression, and so the doctors were very happy about that," said Cerrato, who flew to Florida on owner Dan Snyder's plane with Snyder, running back Clinton Portis and trainer Bubba Tyer. "They told us to hope for a miracle, and I think the positive news we got was extremely good news."

Miami-Dade Police were investigating the attack, which came just eight days after an intruder was reported at Taylor's home. Officers were dispatched about 1:45 a.m. Monday after Taylor's girlfriend called 911. Taylor was airlifted to the hospital.

"For all of us here, we're obviously in shock," Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said at the team's practice facility in Ashburn, Va. "I know I can't put it in words."

Sharpstein said Taylor's girlfriend told him the couple was awakened by loud noises, and Taylor grabbed a machete he keeps in the bedroom for protection. Someone then broke through the bedroom door and fired two shots, one missing and one hitting Taylor, Sharpstein said. Taylor's 1-year-old daughter, Jackie, was also in the house at the time, but neither she nor Taylor's girlfriend were injured.

"It could have been a possible burglary; it could have been a possible robbery," Miami-Dade Police Lt. Nancy Perez said. "It has not been confirmed as yet."

Taylor was shot at the pale yellow house he bought two years ago in the Miami suburb of Palmetto Bay. Taylor played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003, and was also a high school standout in the city. His father, Pedro Taylor, is the police chief of Florida City.

Known as one of the NFL's hardest hitters, Taylor played in his first Pro Bowl last season. He is tied for the NFC lead this season with five interceptions, despite missing the past two games with a sprained knee. He did not travel with the Redskins to Sunday's 19-13 loss at Tampa Bay because of the injury.

"We are numb right now," Washington wide receiver Keenan McCardell said.
I can't say that I'm surprised, given the fact that he's a thug. But he's kept it quiet the last year or so, and it is a shame to see someone cut down like that, especially when it appears that he's been trying to move in a more positive direction with his life.

But when you play with fire, you get burned. Maybe it doesn't burn you immediately and sometimes it waits until after you're done playing with fire...but it comes back. It always comes back. Like Malcolm said about the chickens coming home to roost back when Kennedy got shot.

Thoughts and prayers, regardless.

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Old 26 Nov 2007, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is terrible news. I heard it was just an armed robbery no connection to anything of drugs etc. Just a break in.
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MIAMI (AP) -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has died, a day after he was shot in the leg, said family friend Richard Sharpstein.

He said Taylor's father called him around 5:30 a.m. to tell him the news.

"His father called and said he was with Christ and he cried and thanked me," said Sharpstein, Taylor's former lawyer. "It's a tremendously sad and unnecessary event. He was a wonderful, humble, talented young man, and had a huge life in front of him. Obviously God had other plans."

He said he did not know exactly when Taylor died.

Doctors had been encouraged late Monday night when Taylor squeezed a nurse's hand. But Sharpstein said he was told Taylor never regained consciousness after being transported to the hospital and that he wasn't sure how he had squeezed the nurse's hand.

"Maybe he was trying to say goodbye or something," Sharpstein said.

The 24-year-old Redskins safety was shot early Monday in his home in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing significant blood loss.

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This is horrible. He was a great player. RIP. Best of luck to his family, his fans, and the Redskins.
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RIP Sean Taylor. Very very tragic happenings.
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Such a shame to lose someone, even more so when they so young. RIP Sean Taylor.
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This is a very sad day, in Florida and Washington. I really don't know what say.

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Shot in your own home. Fucked. RIP.
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I actually didn't know who Sean Taylor was...until this happened...

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I see where Glue is coming from. Live by the gun, die by the gun. Taylor obviously wasn't a saint, but he didn't deserve to die. It's unfair that someone can do so much damage to someone and their family (emotionally) by simply pulling a trigger.

He was a real solid player. Was having his best year ever.
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It's a senseless tragedy. Again, even worse given the positive direction that he was moving in. Even moreso considering that his daughter now has to grow up without her father, and that he won't be there to watch her grow.

The Browns almost drafted this guy. Butch Davis had a tentative agreement to trade the Browns' pick and their second rounder in that draft to the Giants to jump to #4 and select him. However once San Diego called and told the Giants that they could have Eli Manning if they'd draft Rivers with their pick, the Browns deal was off.

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