Former college standout and NY Giant arrested for murder in Florida
Former college standout and NY Giant arrested for murder in Florida

Julius Whigham II

Palm Beach Post

LAKE PARK — A former Cardinal Newman High School and Florida State University football standout was arrested early Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Travis Rudolph, 25, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail shortly before 8 a.m. and was being held without bail. He is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge Thursday at the jail.

PBSO did not immediately release the name of the person who died or the person who was injured, or report the extend of that person’s injuries.

Deputies responded shortly after midnight to reports of a double shooting on the 500 block of North Redwood Drive in Lake Park, south of Northlake Boulevard and west of U.S. 1.

They learned that one male had been taken to a hospital while another male was found dead in West Palm Beach.

Further investigation led to Rudolph being identified as the suspect, PBSO said. The agency said a total of four people were shot at, or by, Rudolph. Two of his intended targets were not harmed, PBSO said.

The agency did not provide a full narrative of what happened Wednesday.

The homicide is the 11th confirmed one in Palm Beach County during 2011, according to a Palm Beach Post online database. It is the first homicide of the year in Lake Park, which also saw one homicide in 2020, according to the database.

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Rudolph signed with Florida State in 2014 as a five-star recruit from Cardinal Newman. He compiled more than 2,300 career receiving yards and scored 18 touchdowns in three seasons with the Seminoles.

He played briefly in the NFL for the New York Giants and was a member of the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad for a portion of the 2018 season. He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in December 2019, but did not appear in any games.

On Wednesday, the organization announced that Rudolph has been released.

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This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Former Cardinal Newman, FSU receiver Travis Rudolph arrested on first-degree murder charge


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