|3 detained for police questioning in Sean Taylor killing|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 30 November 2007 14:04|
Pedro Taylor said Miami-Dade police told him three men were detained for questioning, but he was waiting for more news.
``They won't go into details, because they don't want to compromise the case,'' Taylor told reporters at a Friday afternoon news conference. ``You have more information than I really have.''
The 24-year-old Pro Bowl safety was attacked at his Miami area home Monday and died a day later.
Earlier, a law enforcement official in Lee County confirmed the men from the Fort Myers area were in custody, but requested anonymity because the investigation is being handled by Miami-Dade County police.
Miami-Dade police, however, would not confirm if anyone was in custody in Taylor's death. Police only said detectives were in the Fort Myers area for an unspecified case.
``Our detectives are out there in Fort Myers conducting an investigation, gathering information and at this particular time they are not comfortable releasing any information regarding their investigation,'' police spokesman Robert Williams said. ``As soon as information develops that will not jeopardize their case, they will release information.''
The Miami Herald, which first reported the development on its Web site, said investigators believe the men learned of Taylor's house through someone who unwittingly set up the burglary by bragging about his wealth. The suspects include two teenagers and a man in his 20s, the paper reported.
Taylor's teammates and friends were measured in responding to Friday's developments in the case.
``I can't get excited or get my hopes up hoping these are the guys until we know for sure,'' running back Clinton Portis said.
``If those are the guys, I just hope that they'll just be dealt with properly. I feel there's nothing much I can say about it. It's no anger I can express to them. What's done is done,'' receiver Santana Moss said.
Evidence at Taylor's home indicated one or more intruders barged into the house early Monday in an attempted burglary, Miami-Dade police director Robert Parker said Wednesday.
Taylor and longtime girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were awakened by loud noises at Taylor's home in an affluent Miami suburb, family friend Richard Sharpstein said. Taylor grabbed a machete he keeps in the bedroom for protection, Sharpstein said, then 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 the team's Sunday game will receive a towel with Taylor's No.21 jersey on it and that his name will be displayed prominently in one of the end zones. Team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement the team will contribute a minimum of $500,000 to a fund to benefit Taylor's daughter.
Associated Press Writer Brian Skoloff in West Palm Beach, Damian Grass in Miami, and AP Sports Writer Joseph White in Ashburn, Va., contributed to this report.