Andy Garcia Honors His Niece's Boyfriend, Sean Taylor

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Andy Garcia is paying tribute to slain NFL star Sean Taylor, who died this week after being shot inside his Florida home during an apparent break-in.

The actor's niece, Jackie Garcia, was the girlfriend of the Redskins safety and was
there Monday night when they heard loud noises inside Taylor's home.

Jackie Garcia hid in the couple's bedroom with their 18-month-old daughter, also named Jackie, while Sean Taylor, 24, went to investigate the break-in.

The intruder fired at least two shots, one of which struck Sean Taylor in the groin. The assailant then fled as Taylor stumbled back to the bedroom and Jackie Garcia called 911 on her cellphone. The phone lines to Taylor's home had been cut.

Andy Garcia's niece was with Sean Taylor on the fateful night.

"His heroic action on that tragic night saved both of their lives and is a testament to his humanity and courage," Andy Garcia, the star of Ocean's Thirteen, said in a statement to the Miami Herald. "His spirit will live forever, in our hearts and through the legacy of his achievements and the family he leaves behind."

Jackie Garcia and Sean Taylor were high school sweethearts at South Florida's Gulliver Preparatory School and attended the University of Miami together.

"Sean Taylor as known to many as an extraordinary athlete and unquestionable teammate," Andy Garcia, 51, added. "To those of us who had the good fortune to count him as a member of our extended family, we will always remember him as a caring and loving individual."

The Miami-Dade police director said Wednesday that authorities have "no reason to think this was anything other than a burglary or a robbery."

There are no suspects in the murder of Sean Taylor, who died at the hospital after suffering major blood loss and brain damage as a result of the shooting.

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That is the very same question alot of people seem to be asking. I am starting to think Sean thought he was invicible. What other reason would you NOT install security after someone already came in an invaded your privacy? Not to mention their is an infant child in the home to secure. I would hate to think that Ms. Garcia had something to do with this being they were high school sweethearts. Her along with her child are the very ones who would gain from his death. This is a very strange story. And one more thing....why would you take a knife to a gun fight? What the heck was the machete suppose to do? If someone is breaking into a home clearly they would not come empty handed. Oh maybe Sean thought they had another kitchen knife.!!!

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You are so stupid!! Idk why you hate to think that jackie had something to do with Sean's death because they were high sweethearts? Bitch you sound so stupid!! Everyone in miami knows that Jackie's bitchass was behind Sean's death! And everyone knows that the lil girl was not Sean's!! Jackie and Sean were not high school sweethearts!!! I went to the high school with both of them and knew them both all of my life! Jackie is a whore and a bitch!! They did not dated after high school or were engaged! In fact Sean only dated Jackie a year in high school then broke up with her after that! She's just jealous of me because I'm a light skin Cuban whose way more attractive then she is and is not a whore or a bitch like she is! I also come from money myself but I don't act like it like she does! I also have a relative that's a celebrity like she does! She's nothing a spoiled bitch/brat that doesn't even work unless if her ass needs to! I own my own business and I also was Sean's fiancée at he time of his death not JACKIE'S bitchass!! That bitch isn't even all that! Not only that but the ho is a lesbian now and always been a bi sexual so I'm not surprised that this ho became a lesbian! So stfu bitch and get a life!!!

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This story does not add up to me. When I hear a noise in my home and my husband goes to check on the issue, I normally stay in the room, but remain sitting straight up in bed. My house was also broken into one evening...the next day we had all types of motion detecters and alarms installed the very next day. We never turned them off, even in the daytime we kept them on. It doesn't add up that they would be there asleep with no security when they just went through a break in and it doesn't make sense that a grown woman would hide her infant under a cover if she feels that threatened. Nevermind hiding in a closet or bathroom. The covers hunh. Yeah right. This story is very fishy to me!!!

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