May 16th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Report: Police investigating burglary at Seau's home just days after suicide

Police are investigating a burglary at former NFL player Junior Seau's home just days after he committed suicide, according to media reports.

Five days after Seau killed himself, and in the while a growing memorial was happening outside his home, someone crawled through the doggy door that led to the garage and stole a bike from Seau's home, CNN affiliate KGTV reported.

Officers in Oceanside, California are struggling to figure out how nobody noticed the burglar, especially considering the flooding of people to the area to pay tribute to the star linebacker, who played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers.

Police said that the burglar only stole a bicycle, which didn't even belong to Seau, and rummaged through some of the belongings in the garage. Neighbors are disgusted not just at the break-in, but also at the disrespect.

"I just think it's horrible someone would even break into someone's house after a tragedy like that," neighbor Terra Ramirez told KGTV.

News of the break-in came as police also released the official police report from the day Seau was found dead.

When police arrived at Seau's home on May 2 after his girlfriend called police and said he had shot himself in bed, she led two officers upstairs to a spare bedroom, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Seau was found with a wound in the upper left chest and didn't have a pulse, the newspaper reported. Nearby lifeguards tried to revive Seau, but when paramedics arrived they pronounced Seau dead, the newspaper reported, citing the police report.

Police found a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, model 19-5, in the bed with five live rounds inside and one spent round in the cylinder, according to the newspaper.

Seau was drafted into the NFL in the first round in 1990 out of the University of Southern California. He debuted with the Chargers, establishing his Hall of Fame potential as a Pro Bowl staple.

He left San Diego before the 2003 season to join the Miami Dolphins and spent parts of the last four seasons with the New England Patriots before retiring in January. Seau amassed 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions in his 20-season career.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. BE KIND

    ...most suicides aren't achieved by shooting yourself in the chest while lying in bed...forensics should be interesting once all investigations are complete...girlfriend as shooter?

    May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • MsB

      You are an expert on how people commit suicide?

      May 16, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Are you serious?!? Gotta be a troll. Nobody's that stupid, right?

      May 16, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • mcmufflns

      Yeah, I'd have to agree with you. How come they aren't investigating it as possible homicide?
      Or are they but just don't want it to be public. No offense but the chest? Most of the time people who commit suicide take it to the head because they know that is the fast way out.

      I just don't understand why "if" he did why the chest?

      I'd suspect something else. Hmm.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattcronin

      Seau most likely shot himself in the chest so that his brain could be analyzed by neurologists. You guys don't really understand what kind of neurological setbacks you face when you have been concussed as many times as Seau was. Be courteous and respectful. Suicide is a very complex issue, and it isn't as cut and dry as you are making it out to be.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      My guess is that Seau realized that his brain had suffered injury during his career and that was the cause of his erratic behavior in recent years. He likely wanted his brain undamaged so that it could be studied, as has been done with several recent professional athletes who have died at a young age.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      There's speculation that he wanted to preserve his brain for research

      May 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NorCalMojo

    pretty low

    May 16, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. ted

    Maybe he wanted his brain to be investigated for the benefit of other NFL players?

    May 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Coolio Unroolio

    Seau ain't gonna miss the bike. I think it's hilarious! His family wanted to donate his brain to science but then the doctors had a hard time finding it because it was so small. Why couldn't the guy just take a one-way swim out into the ocean instead of making a huge drama at his place? His mom didn't deserve to suffer. Seau was a selfish loser and it's more worthwhile to ridicule him than to mourn him. He was a great player but not a great person.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich


      Speaking of small brains

      May 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I applaud Coolio for saying what everyone else was thinking. Seau was a selfish coward! We all face highs and lows in life and most of us don't take our own lives.
      How about thinking about the survivors of the mess you left in your wake, JR! What a sorry excuse for a human being!

      May 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • u b stupid

      Trolling to get attention.. usually is from the lack of mental or physical growth. Maybe you are upset because the 3rd grade boy down the street is more devoloped in all departments then yourself? In other words... Grow up.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      Stop trolling. Obviously his mom would be heartbroken if he went missing at sea too.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Unfortunately, burglers do this all the time; read obituaries and burgle the home of the newly-deceased.
    It's horrendous, but criminals are not known for their sensitivity.

    Again, my sympathy to Mr. Seau's family and friends.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. RobS

    Yep, a Troll that watches too much CSI.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Coolio Unroolio

    He already tried to commit suicide earlier driving his car off a cliff. Too bad he didn't just rent a stretch Hummer limo and load up Paris Hilton, the Kardashian family, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson and then drive off a cliff.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kareful-kay

    Maybe the bike belonged to the person who "stole" it.

    May 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donald in CA

    Sounds like something a republican would do.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |