Connecticut High School Football Captain ‘Murdered’ His 27-Year-Old Gay Lover

Tarence Mitchell Bloomfield Connecticut Ronald Taylor Jr. Bloomfield High Football Star Captain Murder Gay Lover.

(Bloomfield Police Department)

The captain of a Connecticut High School’s football team, Tarence “TJ” Mitchell, 18, is charged with the stabbing murder of his 27-year-old former lover, Ronald “Rondale” Taylor Jr., 27, on November 21, reports WFSB-TV.

Court documents allege that Mitchell confessed to stabbing Taylor, also known as “City,” five times, in his torso, at the 27-year-old’s home, including leaving the knife in Taylor’s back, after the teen tried to break off the relationship. The murder weapon is reported to be a steak knife. The Hartford Courant reports that Mitchell armed himself after Taylor arranged a meeting between the two, promising it “wasn’t going to end well.” The police report says that Mitchell chased after Taylor and continued to stab him after the 27-year-old put his hands up in the air. Mitchell reportedly suffered minor cut wounds during the ordeal, Taylor was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Bloomfield, where he was pronounced dead, reports NBC Connecticut.

Here’s what you need to know about him:

1. The Pair Were Dating For 2 Years

Tarence Mitchell Bloomfield Connecticut Ronald Taylor Jr. Bloomfield High Football Star Captain Murder Gay Lover.


The couple had been together for two years. Mitchell, speaking to police the Bloomfield High School star said that Taylor had given him pot and alcohol. They got into an argument when Mitchell tried to leave Taylor. At one point the 27-year-old posted a picture on Facebook of Mitchell and outed him as “Bloomfield’s Gay Football Player.” The pic was left up for about five hours before being removed. Police were called to Taylor’s home on 24 Hill Farm Road in Stamford, Connecticut at 9:15 p.m. on November 22 after neighbors reported a disturbance:

In The Hartford Courant report, it says that Mitchell met Taylor through the teenager’s older brother. After a few meetings, that involved smoking weed and drinking, Mitchell says he just wanted to be friends with Taylor, but the relationship turned sexual. When Mitchell threatened to leave Taylor, the older man would threaten to out the teen again on Facebook.

2. Mitchell’s Family Don’t Believe He’s a Murderer

Tarence Mitchell Bloomfield Connecticut Ronald Taylor Jr. Bloomfield High Football Star Captain Murder Gay Lover.


At first, the football star told police that the pair had been attacked by two black males. Mitchell’s mother, Tyra Smith, is maintains her son is innocent, she told reporters:

He’s never been in trouble. He’s a star athlete, he’s loved all around town, everybody knows him. This is just so shocking. I send my deepest condolences to the victim’s family but my son is not a murderer.

Gilda Johnson, Tarance Mitchell’s grandmother called the accusations “disheartening,” and “I feel for his family, and I feel for our family.” 16 members of Mitchell’s family were present in court on November 22 during the football captain’s arraignment.

According to The Hartford Courant, around 12 members of Taylor’s family were in court. The 27-year-old’s aunt, Judith Harris, pondered why Mitchell went to the home if he felt so threatened before telling reporters:

My nephew, he loved life. He loved everybody. Two lives are lost. My nephew will never speak again…[Mitchell] will be locked up.

Taylor’s uncle, Lajauana McCoy added: “It’s bad all the way around.”

3. He’s Back in Court on December 3

Tarence Mitchell Bloomfield Connecticut Ronald Taylor Jr. Bloomfield High Football Star Captain Murder Gay Lover.


Mitchell is being held in jail on a $1 million bond. Judge Joan Alexander initially set the release fee at $500,000 before raising it. The youngster doesn’t suffer from any mental illness, the court heard but “he’s extremely confused and upset” about Taylor’s murder.

Mitchell reportedly confessed to the crime after a detective reviewed the 27-year-old’s initial statement with him. The teenager has no criminal record, reports NBC Connecticut.

4. Mitchell Says Taylor Was Extremely Jealous

Tarence Mitchell Bloomfield Connecticut Ronald Taylor Jr. Bloomfield High Football Star Captain Murder Gay Lover.


Taylor was reported to have been very jealous of Mitchell texting girls. Court documents state that Taylor threatened Mitchell at one point with a sword. The Hartford Courant reports that on the night of Taylor’s murder, the pair were in the 27-year-old’s car when the older man demanded to see Mitchell’s phone. He became outraged at “cheerful” message the football star had sent girls.

5. Mitchell Claims He’s Straight on Facebook

Tarence Mitchell Bloomfield Connecticut Ronald Taylor Jr. Bloomfield High Football Star Captain Murder Gay Lover.


On Mitchell’s Facebook page, in the about section, it says that the 18-year-old is “single” and “interested in women.” His football coach, Ty Outlaw, told The Hartford Courant, that he didn’t know his captain was having a sexual relationship with an older man and added “TJ’s a great kid.”

In a preview for Bloomfield’s football season in 2013, Coach Outlaw told The Hartford Courant, “Mitchell [is a] Division 1-AA (FCS) caliber college player.” During the team’s last game before Taylor’s murder, a victory over Plainville, CBS Sports wrote of Mitchell’s contribution:

TJ lead the receiving core with 4 catches for 61 yards and a td. He was also a big time blocker for Bloomfield’s running game that totaled 280 yards.

The team, with Mitchell rated by The Hartford Courant as one of the team’s top players, were rated as a conference contender.


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Correction: IMO, Ronald attempted to “turn these boys out.” It’s very possible that Tarence was offered 12 years because it known that Ronald did prey on younger males, which doesn’t make him victim. Not all victims are innocent.


I’m watching this now on Fatal Attraction. It seems both of these guys were victims. The deceased was a gay male who possibly did lure younger males. Ronald’s family say that he wouldn’t hurt a fly. But in reality, they really, really don’t know what he’s capable of doing. Gay males are just as much perverts as any other gay male. Regardless of race, age, and what people thinkthey know, there could’ve been another side of Ronald they knew nothing about. I noticed that his family doesn’t mention that Ronald didn’t have a openly gay boyfriend. They don’t even mention anything about him having a known relationshi. That’s a sign that Ronald most likely was attracted to young heterosexual males. IMO, Ronald atteted to “turn them out.”


I agree! I’m watching it now and in my mind they had to question the fact you hanging out with young boys no different then a 27 year old man hanging with a 15 year old girl…he didn’t deserve to die but he definitely wasn’t innocent!


I no rite Ronald was given. Young boys. Liquor n weed then the boy was 16 that’s. Rape the law says. And person Ronalds age is not supposed. To date kids that age y didn’t they warn tarrance family that he he prayed on young men stay away I hate the man died but what is to b excepted he give liquor. N weed den mess with young men den he was sayin he was gonna. Tell err body he was gay the boy 18 his mind. Not fully developed I mean really were they way out stuff. N the man said it was not gonna. Turn out. Good 16 if that. Was a girl it’s rape it’s. Still rape n he probably. Been. Black mailing. Him saying he was gonna. Tell to get him to keep. Being with him Ronald family. Should. Have let the young. Man family. No this man did this maybe. They. Could. Have stopped. All this but probably. Embarrassed best. To b embarrassed then. Sorry later. I would. Have let them no so my kids would. Not b around. Him it’s. Sooooooo. Sad 😢 tho

Jay bird

Omg I had to stop reading and seen your comment,I’m in tears


I swear I was trying my hardest to read this a

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