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Former Florida state football star Travis Rudolph arrested for murder

Former Florida state footballer Travis Rudolph has been arrested and is being held for murder and attempted murder, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show Rudolph, 25, was arrested Wednesday for a morning shootout in Lake Park, Florida. He was taken to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Main Detention Center where he is being held without bail.

Rudolph is charged with one count of first degree premeditated murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder, according to the PBCSO.

“Shortly after midnight, MPs responded to a double shootout resulting from an altercation in the 500 block of N Redwood Drive, Lake Park,” PBSCO said in a press release.

“Upon arrival, MPs learned that a man had been taken to a local hospital for treatment and another man had died a short distance away in the city of West Palm Beach.”

The former FSU star, who attended Cardinal Newman High School, a prep school in the area, is due in court on Thursday.

Rudolph was a top receiver for Cardinal Newman who went on to become an elite point guard for the Seminoles. During his college career from 2014 to 2016, Rudolph made 153 catches for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons.

His college success didn’t translate into the NFL, where he spent brief stints on the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins before a torn ACL in 2018 interrupted his professional career. Rudolph signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League last year, but the team announced on Wednesday following the news of the arrest that he had been released.

A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was unable to say whether Rudolph had a lawyer before his first court appearance scheduled for tomorrow.

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