A high school football star in Connecticut has been charged with stabbing his older male lover to death with a kitchen knife.
18-year-old Bloomfield High School football captain Terance Mitchell is accused of killing 27-year-old Ronald Taylor, Jr. after an altercation that was apparently brought on by Taylor Jr.’s jealousy of Mitchell’s continued flirtation with various women.
The two men started dating when Mitchell was 16 and Taylor, Jr. was 25. When Mitchell tried to break off the relationship, Taylor, Jr. retaliated by posting a photo of him on Facebook which, among other things, called him a “gay football star.”
Taylor, Jr. had reportedly threatened Mitchell in the past with a sword. When he showed up at Mitchell’s house uninvited this past Thursday, police say Mitchell stabbed him in the back five times with a kitchen knife after Taylor, Jr. punched him in the face.
In a sad coda to the drama-filled relationship, Taylor, Jr. died at the scene and Mitchell is being charged with murder. His bail is set at $1 million.
“It’s indescribable and heartbreaking,” Mitchell’s mother, Tyra Smith told WFSB. “My son’s a good kid. He’s never been in trouble before. I send my deepest condolences to the victim’s family. My son’s not a murderer.”