Monday, February 05, 2007


A couple of tragic notes.

First, the investigation into the death of Mario Danelo ends, sadly, as inconclusively as it could. C&F's prayers to his family, who must be going through agony over this:

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was drunk when he plunged over a cliff to his death, but the cause of his death was "undetermined," according to a coroner's report released Monday.
A toxicological report accompanying Danelo's autopsy report found he had a 0.23 blood-alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit for driving in California. No drugs were detected in his body, the report said.
The autopsy report said the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries, but "because of the unanswered questions, we are stating the manner of death as undetermined," Deputy Medical Examiner Jeffrey Gutstadt of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office wrote in the report. ...
The report also couldn't ascertain what Danelo's state-of-mind was before his death but he "would have had to scale a wall to get to the strip of land before the steep drop-off of approximately 150 feet while under the influence of alcohol."

And a former Syracuse wideout has also died under mysterious circumstances.

KEYPORT, N.J. -- Former Syracuse wide receiver J.J. Bedle, who starred here in high school, was found dead at his family's home in town, police said.
Bedle, 21, was found Friday morning by a family member, according to police, who did not suspect foul play. Results of toxicology tests to determine cause of death were not expected for several weeks, police Capt. Tom Mitchell said. ...
Bedle enrolled at Syracuse in 2004 and redshirted that year. He played sparingly in the first eight games of 2005 as a receiver and punt returner, making three receptions for 28 yards and returning seven punts for 28 yards. He also played one game as a walk-on for the men's basketball team in the 2005-06 season.
Bedle was suspended in spring of 2006 by Orange head football coach Greg Robinson for "conduct detrimental to the team" and did not participate in the annual spring scrimmage. He transferred to Delaware State this past fall but broke his collarbone during the first game of the season and never quite recovered physically, according to his brother, Tyrone Bedle.

Again, C&F extends prayers and condolences to the Bedle family.

It's hard enough, one imagines, when life ends too soon. To have questions linger after that is probably more difficult than, unless you've been through it, you or I could ever imagine.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can tell you from first hand knoweledge that Mario's state-of-mind at the time of the tragedy is well known and irrefutable to those closest to him. There's 2 reasons why you may never know, depending on which knowledgeable person you speak to, respect and guilt. This guy deserves just as much respect off the field as he does on. An honorable man. He would never take his own life, but yet many of us can relate to being drunk under the wrong circumstances

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