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The Nicest Guy: Good Samaritan Killed After Woman Reportedly Became Upset When He Didn’t Pay For Her Meal

(Gainesville, FL) – Craig Arttez Brewer, 41, was paying it forward early Sunday morning at a Waffle House in Gainesville, Fl on West Newberry Rd near the University of Florida.

56627411_10100364643699629_4116105624931008512_nThere were dozens of people dining at around 3am when Brewer decided to randomly pay for people’s food and pass out money.

Reportedly, one young lady became upset that Brewer hadn’t paid for her food and the young man that she was with, 25-year old Ezekiel Hicks, allegedly grew angry as well.

“The victim was engaging folks at the restaurant, and there was a disagreement with a female customer,” said Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, according to The Gainesville Sun.

Authorities say that’s when Hicks confronted Brewer and the two got into an argument.

Brewer’s cousin, Rasheeda Johnson told WGFL that Craig was just helping others and she still doesn’t understand why Ezekiel was so angry.

On the first 911 call, a Waffle House employee said they needed help with a large group of about 30-40 people that were arguing with each other.  She told the dispatcher that it hadn’t gotten physical yet and no weapons were present but that they needed help controlling the situation.

All that changed within minutes.

According to reports, Hicks went and got a gun out of his car.  At least one person tried to stop him from going back inside, but he went anyway.  Upon reentry, he confronted Brewer and within seconds it turned physical and Hicks pulled a gun from his pants, believed to be a 9mm, and shot Brewer in the head.

Officers were already en route and arrived just moments after Brewer was shot.  Ezekiel ran off but apparently didn’t get too far.  He was arrested near the scene. Brewer’s cousin says she tried to help him, but his injuries were too severe.

“When he shot him I instantly tried to stop the bleeding,” Johnson said. “That’s all I was really focusing on trying to stop the bleeding. Maybe I could save him, maybe I could help him. But there was nothing I could really do.”

Before EMS arrived, police had already covered Brewer with a white sheet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The whole situation was caught on surveillance video and is naturally being used as evidence. Ezekiel Hicks was arrested and charged with premeditated first degree murder and carrying an unlicensed firearm.

He’s being held without bond.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Brewer’s children. You can donate here.

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Former NFL Offensive Lineman Kenyatta Jones Dead At 39

(Colorado) – Sad news out of Colorado as reports confirm that 39 year Kenyatta Jones has died of cardiac arrest. The former NFL OL was the first player in USF history to be drafted.

He was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in the 2001 NFL Draft. Playing in a limited role, appearing in five games and starting none, Jones was a member of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl XXXVI for its first-ever triumph in the NFL’s biggest game. The next season, Jones’ role with the Patriots would expand, as he played in 13 games and started 11.

Jones was then picked up by the Washington Redskins, but saw no playing time during the 2003 season. He would play his final NFL season the next year, playing in three games for the Redskins with two starts. Jones would also play for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and the New York Sentinels of the United Football League before his pro football career came to a close. Jones played in a total of 21 NFL games during his career. Friends say Jones, who was 6 feet 3 and 307 pounds while playing in the NFL,was just a fun-loving guy, like a gentle giant,” former South Florida teammate Keith Williams told the Tampa Bay Times. “But on that field, he took care of business.”

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Interstate 75 Near Gainesville

(Gainesville, FL) –– The FAA is investigating after a small plane landed on Interstate 75 near Gainesville. It happened around noon Thursday near the State Road 121 exit in Alachua County.

Firefighters told News 4 in Jacksonville that the plane had mechanical problems and could not get to the airport. Northbound Interstate 75 was blocked for about three hours while crews towed the plane off the highway. The two people inside the plane were not hurt.

UF Administrator Seen On Video Moving Dancing Graduates Off Stage On Paid Leave

(Gainesville, FL) – A University of Florida administrator seen on a viral video physically moving dancing graduates off stage is on paid administrative leave. UF officials originally said they wanted to move the program along more quickly, but after nearly two dozen students were grabbed and forced to move along, President Kent Fuchs apologized and said the faculty member was “inappropriately aggressive.”

Some complained about racial overtones, because the students who were pushed and pulled off stage were primarily African American.

Fears Of Violence As Richard Spencer Brings Racist Movement To Gainesville, FL

(SL) USA Today reports, As the clock ticked closer to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, the campus was on edge amid concerns over potential violence between supporters and counter-protesters.

Students and faculty expressed fear and worry about Spencer’s Thursday appearance and the increased security presence.

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“The students are scared, especially our students who are from minority communities,” said Vincent Adejumo, a lecturer in African-American studies. “Many of them have already left town. Parents have great concern.

“It’s basically a powder keg right now.”

Sophomore Rachel Guttman said her Jewish sorority advised its members against wearing their letters on Thursday. “Honestly, everyone’s kind of scared right now and we don’t know what to expect,” she said.

But there were signs of a unifying response and a desire to rebut hate speech and racism.

Painted sheets hang from the facades of fraternities and sororities at the University of Florida repeating “Love not hate #TogetherUF.”

457911E400000578-0-image-a-34_1508387879207Reportedly, more than 500 police officers will be present when Richard Spencer speaks.

University President W. Kent Fuchs said officials have been preparing for the controversial alt-right leader’s visit for the past few weeks and have banned an extensive list of items including torches, masks, umbrellas and shields.

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Some students are surprised that they cannot ban hate speech from a public university.

UF, the state’s second-largest university with more than 52,000 students, initially denied Spencer’s request to speak here in September, but in a letter to the UF community, president Kent Fuchs said the First Amendment required the university to allow the event.

The National Policy Institute, which Spencer runs, paid $10,564 to rent the 1,700-seat Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. No UF organization invited Spencer, the university said.

The university president estimates that it is going to cost $600,000 for the extra security and other expenses.

For Better or Worse? We’ll Take For Better In This Case, Gainesville, FL Removes Confederate Statue, Jacksonville Could Be Next

(SL) –  History is like a marriage combined of good times and bad, for better or worse… but let’s be clear honoring those who suppressed and enslaved doesn’t deserve such loyalty. And with that being said, let death do us part.

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Shall I be the next to yell “Timmmmmmberrr!” The statue of evil has crumbled to the grown. Traveling through various cities, you see pieces of history here there and everywhere and most write it off as just that. History. But some memories should’ve never been solidified in concrete, erected and paraded as a monument of pride. A part of Civil War history, yes. Worthy of concrete memories, no.

Screen_Shot_2017-08-14_at_7.40.26_PM_c45-0-2515-1440_s561x327Following the announcement that a confederate statue will be removed from Charlottesville and the dismantling of a confederate statue in Durham, NC (by fed up residents), Gainesville Florida legally took the charge to fall next in line.

A monument  dedicated to fallen Confederate soldiers that’s stood in downtown Gainesville, in front of the Alachua County Administration Building, for 113 years was brought down Monday and removed.

Nicknamed “Old Joe,”, the statue now stands in Oak Ridge Cemetery near Rochelle, southeast of Gainesville.  A representative of the Kirby Smith Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was on hand, but declined to comment.