A high school football player in Connecticut stabbed his older lover to death Thursday night, after trying to end their two-year relationship.
18-year-old Tarence Mitchell stabbed 27-year-old Ronald Taylor Jr. five times during a heated argument outside of Mitchell’s home in Bloomfield, CT. Mitchell claims that when he tried to break up with Taylor, Taylor posted material on Facebook that revealed him as being in a gay relationship. Mitchell told 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. The police believe that Taylor had punched Mitchell in the face before Mitchell began stabbing Taylor. When Taylor began running away, Mitchell chased after him and stabbed him twice more.
“He’s never been in trouble,” Tyra Smith, the football player’s mother told reporters on Friday. “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 then admitted to stabbing Taylor. Mitchell has now been charged with murder.