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Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2013

Matthew White, former Penn basketball star, stabbed to death in his sleep by his wife, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon

 A member of the University of Pennsylvania’s 1979 Final Four team was fatally stabbed by his wife, who told police she had caught him looking at child pornography, according to court documents.

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.

Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon

Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon

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.”

White was the starting center on the Penn team that went to the 1979 semifinals before losing 101-67 to eventual national champion Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson.

White went on to be drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers and also played in Europe.

Garcia-Pellon, 52, was in custody. Her attorney appears to be seeking protection for her “mental difficulties.”

While being interviewed by police, authorities said, Garcia-Pellon said that between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday 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 her side of the bed.

After her husband had fallen asleep, police said, she grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the neck. When he awoke, the two struggled, and the victim collapsed on the bed after saying “I’m dying, I’m dying,” police said.

Garcia-Pellon then allegedly changed her clothing and left the home.

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