Ex-NFL Player Shot To Death By Intruder In Grandmother’s Backyard

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Terrell Roberts has been shot to death in his grandmother’s back yard, according to relatives. Roberts, 38, was shot by an intruder on Wednesday at the Richmond residence.

As of Thursday, no arrests have been made, but police are searching for a black male between 20 and 35 who weighs roughly 250 pounds. Police found Roberts dead in the backyard with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Roberts and the suspect were heard arguing in the garage before the shooting, but their connection to each other remains uncertain. 

Roberts attended Oregon State then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He went on to play the majority of two seasons in Cincinnati where he made 29 tackles, a sack, and a pick.

According to sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com, Roberts “was at his grandmother’s home on the 1200 block of Fascination Circle when someone entered the residence and shot him in the backyard, the family said.

Roberts’s family said he had a “heart of gold” and had no known enemies. They said he was not “mixed up in anything bad.”

Neighbor Domald Monk spoke with Roberts’s grandmother.

“She was saying that she knew some of his so-called friends but she doesn’t know who it was, why they would do it to him,” he told KPIX 5. “She didn’t know.”

Richmond police Sgt. Enrik Melgoza said officers arrived and found Roberts in the backyard of the home with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.