Cops: Connecticut High School Football Star Slays Male Lover

Police say the two argued over a breakup.

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Tarence Mitchell was held on $1 million bond after a Friday court appearance.

WFSB-TV

A high school football star who tried to end a relationship with his older lover, reportedly fatally stabbed the man during a struggle outside the teen’s home, the Daily News reports.

Tarence Mitchell, 18, reportedly stabbed Ronald Taylor Jr., 27, five times with a steak knife—including at least once in the back—during an argument Thursday night in Bloomfield, Conn., the News says, citing a report at WFSB-TV. He was charged with murder and held on $1 million bail.

The incident occurred after a two-year relationship, according to court records. Mitchell, football captain at Bloomfield High School, a Hartford suburb, reportedly told police that the older man provided him with alcohol and marijuana, but when he tried to break off the sexual relationship, Taylor turned vicious, the News says.

“Taylor posted a picture of him on Facebook that included a blog of bad things about him, including him being a Bloomfield gay football star,” WFSB-TV reports.

Mitchell told police that he armed himself with a steak knife Thursday when Taylor arrived at Mitchell’s house uninvited, the News says.

Taylor reportedly punched Mitchell in the face before he drew the knife and stabbed Taylor three times, the News reports. When the man tried to flee, Mitchell reportedly chased him down and stabbed him twice more, cops say.

Mitchell, who had minor cuts to his hands, initially told police that the two of them were attacked, but later changed his story and admitted to the slaying, the station says.

Read more at the Daily News and WFSB-TV.

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