As Super Bowl 2013 unfolds Sunday in New Orleans, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is a sentimental favorite. The Ravens' star has announced that the NFL title game will be his last.
But the last time the Super Bowl was played in Atlanta -- in 2000 -- Lewis, then a rising star, was involved in a deadly incident that still is with him.
As noted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lewis and others partied into the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2000, in trendy Buckhead. But the scene turned deadly.
Two men who had moved from Akron, Ohio, to Atlanta — Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24 — were killed by stab wounds just hours after the Super Bowl between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. However, no one ever was convicted in the slayings.
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Lewis was indicted for murder in the slayings. However, he eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice (a misdemeanor) and became a prosecution witness.
Lewis discussed the incident during media sessions for the 2013 Super Bowl. Lewis expressed sympathy for the families of the victims and said of the episode, “I live with it every day of my life.”