Former Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph was arrested Wednesday on two charges of murder, The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Wednesday.
According to police, Rudolph, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm. He was arrested after authorities responded to a double-edged sword in Lake Park, Palm Beach County, in which one victim was found dead and another was taken to the hospital.
In 2016. While visiting a middle school in Tallahassee, Florida, Rudolph befriended a young boy with autism, Bo Paske, who was sitting in the cafeteria eating alone. He then developed a relationship with the Easter family.
Rudolph was a blue-chip prospect who came out of Cardinal Newman in West Palm Beach, ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver and No. 43 overall prospect in the 2014 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite. He gained immediate influence as a rookie in 2014 and was the team’s leading receiver in both 2015 and 2016, totaling more than 800 yards and seven receiving touchdowns in both seasons.
He declared himself the NFL Draft after the 2016 season. Rudolph was not selected but signed with the New York Giants as an unnamed free agent. He pitched in just seven games over two seasons, a total of eight catches for a total of 101 yards. His time, the NFL, ended in 2018 after tearing his ACL as a member of the Miami Dolphins training group, and his most recent professional football association was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.