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Stunned Families Try To Make Sense Of Teen Slaying

Friends Recall A Lively 'Lady's Man' And An Angry Youth

March 01, 1992|By Kris Antonelli and Arthur Hirsch | Kris Antonelli and Arthur Hirsch,Staff writers

But Bobby Weatherly, who played football with Tate for two years at Broadneck, said he didn't see that side of him. In a telephone interview, he described Tate as "basically a pretty nice guy."On the field, he said, Tate could "get pretty mad at times, but I never considered him to be a hothead."

Several of the youngsters said they remembered that Tate's father, Broadneck's assistant football coach, pressed his son hard on the field.

"His dad would come downhard on him if he did something wrong," said Weatherly. "I guess he just wanted him to succeed so much."

The police said that Tate, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 175 pounds, waited for Haines outside his home on Summit Drive Monday night. They said he allegedly beat Haines and stabbed him 23 times with a kitchen knife, then dragged the body to the backyard of a home about 50 feet away. When police found the body, it was covered with leaves.

Red carnations, white daisiesand red roses adorned the closed casket on Thursday night. Jackie Haines sat nearby, accepting condolences from family and friends. For now, she could feel no sympathy for the Tate family.

"I'm the one without a son and now I have to bury him," she said Wednesday. "I had to go pick out flowers for his casket. Even if he (Brian Tate) got a lifetime in prison, it would not be enough."

"My heart goes out tothat women and her family," Arthur Tate said. "But what happened could never change. . . . How do you make your lives normal again?"

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