Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sean Taylor Trial Offers Closure

We're very nearing 6 years since the passing of Sean Taylor. The trial has been delayed over and over again. Five men were arrested and charged in relation to the murder, all five pointing fingers. Yesterday, Monday, November 4, 2013, the allegedly admitted trigger-puller was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder. He faces up to life in prison. I will not post his name because he does not deserve the kindness.

The details of the trial painted a grim picture of what took place inside the house that night. It painted an even darker picture of how the entire event was planned. An early questioning of Taylor's then-girlfriend painted the narrative that because Taylor kept a lot of cash in the house, that somehow his client was less guilty of murder; almost justifying death if the robbery is planned out perfectly and the cash is actually there to be stolen. But you have to make obscene arguments in murder cases. We know this. We can't be shocked by it. Yet it's still disheartening.

While there are surely sighs from Taylor's family, friends, and fans, this is not closure. There still stand three who will go to trial for their role in the events of that night. They all took bargains to fingerpoint at the murderer. There are surely going to be details uncovered by the roles of the other three that will add more to the narrative of that night and the crime scene will look different even then.

I was nothing more than a fan of Sean Taylor, from his days as a Miami Hurricane all the way through his final day as a Washington Redskin. Like many, he was my favorite player on the team. Like many, I didn't know much about him off of the football field. What I did know is what Sean talked about... making the fans scream and roar was what he wanted every single week, by making plays to help his football team. Football was Sean's life, according to his father. Little tidbits like that show you just how close Sean Taylor was to the fanbase. It's as if the only Sean that he could be was a football player. The fans were and are forever connected to Sean Taylor. We didn't know him off of the field, but Sean wanted to be known for what he did on the field.

On the field, we lost one of the greatest potential players in franchise history, and perhaps in league history. There had never been a safety with the size, speed, and range of Sean Taylor. One of the most intimidating hitters to ever step on the field, perhaps pound for pound one of the most violent hitters. A young man growing into his own both on and off the field, Sean was starting to put the pieces together and do everything right. Then, just like that, it was all gone. Taken from him. Taken from his family. From his friends. From his coaches and teammates. From his fans.

The shooter is found guilty. One other from that night already serving a lengthy sentence for his role in another crime. The other three, like the rest of us, still waiting. Sean Taylor still is not resting peacefully, but he is remembered favorably among many. His daughter will never grow to be held by her father, or hear advice directly from his own mouth. The lone detail about this entire case that brings comfort to anyone? Sean Taylor died a hero, protecting his loved ones, and sacrificing his own life to ensure his daughter did not lose hers. That is the closure.

A hero.

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