MIAMI –safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday, a day after the player was shot at home by what police say was an intruder. He was 24.
Washington Redskins fans stood vigil for Sean Taylor on Monday night at the team’s training complex. Meanwhile, teammates and coaches offered their own prayers for a player that they said had matured beyond the early troubles of his NFL career.
“This is the worst imaginable tragedy,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family.”
The shooting, called a “deliberate attack” by Redskins vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato was reported to police at 1:46 a.m. Monday by Taylor’s girlfriend. Taylor’s house had been broken into a week earlier.
Taylor, 24, the fifth overall pick of the 2004 draft by the Redskins, was airlifted in critical condition to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment, police said.
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder leaves Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida, November 26, 2007, after visiting for Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor who was shot at his home. Taylor, 24, who was the Redskins first pick in the 2004 draft, was airlifted to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment and is in critical condition, police said. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES)