History of violence

O, BY THE WAY

The Kickoff

November 28, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

Ashort list of sports figures killed by violence. This is not a comprehensive list, but here are some that occurred to me:

September 1972, Munich, Germany

Eleven members of Israel's Olympic delegation - athletes, coaches and officials - were killed in an attack and hostage-taking by Palestinian terrorists. Many died during a rescue operation by German authorities. Five terrorists and a German police officer also were killed. Three terrorists were captured.

September 1978, Gary, Ind.

Baseball outfielder Lyman Bostock, who played with the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels, was shot while sitting in a car by a man who did not even know him. According to some reports, the intended target was the killer's estranged wife. Using an insanity defense, the killer spent just 21 months in prison.

July 1994, Medellin, Colombia

Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar was shot outside a bar in what was believed to be a violent reaction to an own goal that Escobar scored in a World Cup match against the United States that Colombia lost, 2-1. The killer spent 11 years in prison.

January 1996, Newtown Square, Pa.

Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler David Schultz was shot and killed by multimillionaire friend John du Pont. Schultz was planning a comeback for the Olympics that year in Atlanta. Du Pont was convicted of third-degree murder and remains in prison.

July 2003, Waco, Texas

Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was found murdered near a gravel pit. He had been shot in the head. A teammate, Carlton Dotson, of Hurlock, was convicted of the murder and remains in prison.

November 2006, Miami

University of Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata was shot and killed at an apartment complex. The case remains unsolved.

January 2007, Denver

Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting. Williams was in a limousine, and the shooting followed an argument in a nightclub.

September 2007, Memphis, Tenn.

University of Memphis defensive lineman Taylor Bradford was shot and killed on campus in a botched robbery attempt. Reportedly, he had won several thousand dollars at a casino. At least four men were arrested.

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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