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MIAMI, Florida (CNN)-- Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of NFL player Sean Taylor, authorities announced Friday evening. Police have more than one confession in the case and the individuals will be charged with murder, said Robert Parker, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The suspects were identified as Venjah K. Hunte, 20; Eric Rivera Jr., 17; Jason Scott Mitchell, 17; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18.

Additional arrests are possible, Parker said.

"The key to solving this case was citizen's tips," he said.

Taylor, 24, died Tuesday, a day after he was shot during an apparent burglary at his Miami home.

The police investigation revealed the suspects thought the house was empty, Parker said.

"They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone," he said. "They were expecting a residence that was not occupied, so murder or shooting someone was not their initial motive. ... Their obvious motive was to go there and steal the contents of the house."

The men knew Taylor lived at the house, Parker said.

At 1:45 a.m. Monday, Taylor's girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, called 911 and said someone had been shot.

Authorities have said she told police she was hiding under the bedding during the attack.

Garcia did not see what happened and could not provide a suspect description, Parker told reporters on Wednesday.

Police said Garcia and Taylor were awakened by noise in the living room, and that Taylor got up and locked the bedroom door, but the door was kicked in and two shots were fired, one striking him in the leg.

Garcia tried to call 911 but was unable to, and used her cell phone instead, police said. There was no evidence the line had been cut, Parker said Wednesday.

A break-in was also reported eight days earlier, Miami-Dade police said.

A police report said someone forced a window open and left a kitchen knife on a bed. Several drawers and a bedroom safe were searched during the break-in, according to the report.

Taylor was home unexpectedly because of an injury, his former attorney, Richard Sharpstein, told reporters Tuesday. "I think he was surprised or they were surprised to find him there," he said.

Taylor spent four years with the Washington Redskins, but had been out with a sprained right knee. He did not play in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Taylor was a first-round pick in the 2004 draft, according to his team's web site.

He played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003, and was also a high school standout in the city. Dubbing him "the prototype NFL free safety," the Redskins credited Taylor's team-leading tackling prowess for sending him to his first Pro Bowl after 2006.

He was regarded as one of the hardest hitting players in the league. Taylor recorded 257 tackles (206 solo) during his brief career, two sacks and seven interceptions.

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Have you seen their myspace pages? Don't tell me these guys were not trying to "play" the game. Look at their pics and see where they describe their " income" as upwards to 200,000+ Not that I believe it, but it shows how they wanted to play so bad.

And by the way, the problem is not poverty. Many people live in poverty and don't kill. The problem is punks not giving a rats ##### about a human life.

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An eye for an eye? Thats what I say. Kill everyone involved. You think that my views are a little Naziesque? The Stalinator? Think of this. Thugs entered his house with a minimum intention of armed robbery. If you carry a gun with yourself, then you are aknowledging one of two things. 1. Motive to hurt somebody else, or 2. Self Defense. By entering anothers house you completely get rid of possibility number two. Also, with these petty jail sentences, we do not hinder corruption, murder, rape, or robbery. With a much stronger stance, better education, we can easily overcome this problem as well as other.:exclamation:

I agree with Deion Sanders on how Athletes should be able to go out and party, do whatever they wish as long as they abide by the rules (Pac-Man) and maintain a normal life. He goes on to state that this is black on black crime, and how rediculious it has become. While true, I really don't give a rats crap if it was a white person, black, asian or a **** Madagascarian. A stance must be taken that takes real action and puts a end to this b.s.

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An eye for an eye? Thats what I say. Kill everyone involved. You think that my views are a little Naziesque? The Stalinator? Think of this. Thugs entered his house with a minimum intention of armed robbery. If you carry a gun with yourself, then you are aknowledging one of two things. 1. Motive to hurt somebody else, or 2. Self Defense. By entering anothers house you completely get rid of possibility number two. Also, with these petty jail sentences, we do not hinder corruption, murder, rape, or robbery. With a much stronger stance, better education, we can easily overcome this problem as well as other.:exclamation:

I agree with Deion Sanders on how Athletes should be able to go out and party, do whatever they wish as long as they abide by the rules (Pac-Man) and maintain a normal life. He goes on to state that this is black on black crime, and how rediculious it has become. While true, I really don't give a rats crap if it was a white person, black, asian or a **** Madagascarian. A stance must be taken that takes real action and puts a end to this b.s.

EXACTLY.If it was a simple robbery, why carry a gun and kick down a bedroom door? Of course the kids will say it was a robbery, because the charge at the most will be manslaughter and probably no death penalty. It is what it is, a murder . A taking of a human life.

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