No one was yet suspected in the killing of Sean Taylor. Police are looking for clues in hopes of determining who broke into the home of the Washington Redskins star safety.
No description of a suspect has been released, and police haven't made available results of Taylor's autopsy or the police call his girlfriend placed to report the shooting early Monday. He died a day later at 24.
Authorities took numerous pieces of evidence, including a computer, from Taylor's home. Police are studying a possible connection between the shooting and a burglary at the home eight days earlier.
At Taylor's high school, Gulliver Preparatory, hundreds of students gathered for a memorial in which the player was remembered for his persona off the field and his unyielding defense on it.
"You found yourself drawn to him," said John McCloskey, one of Taylor's coaches at Gulliver. "He would charm you with his soft-spoken nature and his polite demeanor."
Speakers contrasted the Taylor they knew with the one often portrayed in the media by his lapses a drunken driving charge that was dismissed, his firings of two agents, numerous fines and an episode two years ago when he was accused of brandishing a gun.
"It's sad that everybody thinks he's this aggressive and mouthy athlete," said Arriana Marion, who went to high school with Taylor. "He was really just a phenomenal person."