Day of NFL player's funeral, burglary reported at relative's home

Updated: June 5, 2007, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- The home of one of Marquise Hill's relatives was burglarized on the same day the late New England Patriots lineman was laid to rest.

Hill's family, friends and teammates gathered in New Orleans for his funeral Saturday, nearly a week after the NFL player and former LSU star drowned in a personal watercraft accident on Lake Pontchartrain.

New Orleans Police Lt. Bruce Adams said Tuesday that one of Hill's family members reported a burglary at a home in eastern New Orleans on Saturday. Adams couldn't identify the relative or say if the break-in occurred during the funeral.

Adams said investigators have identified a suspect in the break-in, but he declined to elaborate. "It's an open investigation," he said.

The 24-year-old Hill is survived by his mother, Sherry Hill, his fiancee Inell Benn, and his 2-year-old son Mashy.

Most of his Patriots teammates attended his wake last Friday night. Several stayed for his funeral the following day at a church in the city's Uptown neighborhood.

Hill helped relatives rebuild in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He was home for Memorial Day weekend when he and a woman friend went for a ride on a personal watercraft without life vests, and they fell into the water.

The woman survived, but Hill drowned in an area of swirling currents. The Orleans Parish coroner said Hill may have had a concussion that left him disoriented.


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