High School Football Player Stabs Older Male Lover to Death [Details]

Rucuss staffNovember 25, 2013

A Connecticut high school football player went to great lengths to keep a secret.

But it backfired in the end. Tarence Mitchell stabbed his older lover to death Thursday night after trying to end their two-year relationship. The 18-year old football captian stabbed Ronald Taylor Jr., five times in the back with a steak knife outside of Mitchell’s home in Bloomfield, CT, the New York Daily News reports.

Mitchell, who is the captain of his football team, claims that when he tried to break up with Taylor, the 27-year old posted material on Facebook that revealed him as being in a gay relationship. Mitchell explained to police that Taylor had become jealous of the football player’s texts with women.

Taylor allegedly showed up at Mitchell’s home uninvited on Thursday night. Mitchell told police he felt threatened and armed himself with a knife. He allegedly stabbed Taylor after the 27-year-old punched him in the face. Police say Taylor tried to run away, but Mitchell chased him down and delivered the fatal stabbings.

“He’s never been in trouble,” Mitchell’s mother Tyra Smith said. “He’s a star athlete, he’s loved all around town, everybody knows him. This is just so shocking. I send my deepest condolences to the victim’s family but my son is not a murderer.”

Mitchell originally told the police that the two of them had been attacked. But he later confessed to stabbing Taylor. Mitchell has been charged with murder.

Photos via Wtnh.com and New York Daily News

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