Who is Travis Rudolph? Ex-NFL player arrested after Florida shooting leaves one man dead and another hurt

He was charged with first-degree murder as four individuals were 'shot at or by' Travis Rudolph; while two were not injured, one of them died

                            Who is Travis Rudolph? Ex-NFL player arrested after Florida shooting leaves one man dead and another hurt
Former NFL player Travis Rudolph was charged with first-degree murder after Florida shooting left one dead (Palm Beach Country Sheriff)

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Travis Rudolph was arrested in connection to a double shooting that took place on Wednesday morning, April 7, which resulted in one fatality and one other person getting injured. As per authorities, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call on 500 block of N Redwood Drive in Lake Park, Florida, a bit after midnight about the crime that reportedly "stemmed from an altercation". Online jail records reveal that Rudolph is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found out that one man was taken to hospital for injuries while another man was dead only "a short distance away", as per the press release. A tweet by the official account of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office wrote, "The additional charges seen below are in regards to a total of four individuals “shot at or by” Travis Rudolph. Two were struck by gunfire; one is still in the hospital, one is deceased and two were not injured." As per authorities, two people were not injured during the incident, but there are no updates about the injured man as of yet. There have been no reports about Rudolph's attorneys as the player is set for a court appearance on Thursday, April 8.


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Travis Rudolph #15 of the Florida State Seminoles looks on prior to the Camping World Kickoff against the Mississippi Rebels at Camping World Stadium on September 5, 2016, in Orlando, Florida (Getty Images)

Who is Travis Rudolph?

Rudolph, 25, who was born on September 15, 1995, is a former NFL player. He first gained popularity back in August 2016 after he reportedly made friends with a sixth grade student Bo Paske, who has autism, after he saw that he was eating lunch alone. He attended Cardinal Newman High School and was rated as a five star recruit as a senior and the #1 receiver in his graduating class.


He played three seasons at Florida State University (FSU) where he was one of the university's "most prolific offensive weapons". From 2014 through 2016, he amassed 153 catches for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns. It was in 2017 that they had signed with the New York Giants and went on to play seven games for them. He signed with the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers after playing a bit with the Miami Dolphins. While with the Dolphins, he sustained an ACL injury and was put on the practice squad and injured list.

Wide receiver Travis Rudolph #15 of the Florida State Seminoles makes a touchdown reception against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on November 5, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina (Getty Images)

His current team, the Blue Bombers, has let their player go after he was arrested and charged in connection to the double murder. Darren Cameron, The Director of Public and Player Relations for the Blue Bombers tweeted, "The organization was made aware of Travis Rudolph's arrest this morning and he has subsequently been released." Speaking about the 25-year-old's career he said, "Rudolph was signed in December of 2019 and did not play in a game for the Blue Bombers." The team's official page also tweeted, "The team has released receiver Travis Rudolph."



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