It’s hard to believe that it’s been over six years since Sean Taylor left this Earth. It was November 2007 when he attempted to stop his house from being burglarized and was subsequently shot. Taylor ended up dying from the massive amount of blood he lost and immediately following the announcement of his death, the football world went into a state of shock and sadness.
But finally after all these years we have some closure. The gunman in Taylor’s shooting, Eric Rivera, has been convicted and sentenced to 57 years in prison.
“He lost his life defending and protecting his family. They kicked the door in and they shot him and killed him, for no good reason,” said Assistant State Attorney Reid Rubin in a closing statement.
It’s this type of senseless violence in today’s world that truly makes me shake my head. Taylor, who was only 24 at the time with a small child, is no longer with us because a few morons thought they needed to steal cash from his house. People value money over human life and that just makes me sick.
So even though we’ve reached some level of closure in this case with the conviction of Rivera, we’re still left without Taylor and that will forever make people sad. It’s not just that he died so young, it’s how he died so young. There’s no doubt we have a long way to go as a society before we stop hearing about senseless moronic crimes like this.
R.I.P. Sean Taylor