A member of the 1979 University of Pennsylvania Final Four basketball team was found stabbed to death at his home on Monday. The suspect, his wife, told police that she caught her husband looking at child pornography and that is what drove her to end her spouse's life.
Matthew White was found stabbed in the neck around 12:45 p.m. Monday in bed at his home, police said, and was pronounced dead a short time later. An officer responding to the home for a report of a stabbing found White's wife, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, as she pulled into the driveway, authorities said. As she was being taken into custody, according to a police affidavit, she said, "I caught him looking at pornography, young girls. I love kids. I had to do it."
Garcia-Pellon remains in custody at the time of this writing.
According to police, Garcia-Pellon said she had the entire murder planned out. Between midnight and 1 a.m., she went to the kitchen, had a glass of water and grabbed two knives before returning to the couple's bedroom and concealing the knives under the bed. She waited until her husband fell asleep before grabbing a knife and fatally stabbing him in the neck.
White was the starting center on the 1979 Penn Quakers team who advanced to the national semifinals before losing to eventual champion Michigan State. White remains the all-time leader in field goal percentage (min. 200 made shots) in school history, shooting 59.1% from 1977 to 1979.
Penn released the following statement regarding White's passing:
"We are greatly saddened to hear about the death of Matt White and shocked by the details emerging about his death," Penn athletic director Steve Bilsky said in a statement. "For Penn fans, Matt is a reminder of some of the greatest days of our historic men's basketball program, the 1979 run to the NCAA tournament Final Four, and he was a beloved member of the Penn men's basketball family right up until his death."
White was 53-years old at the time of his death.
Via USA TODAY