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FL - Ocala shooting victim was homeless sex offender

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Well, I am willing to bet he was killed for being a sex offender, but, the police or media would never tell you that. And I find it ironic, that the news media usually does not post the pictures of victims, yet they did in this case, why? Because he's a sex offender.... And it's like they are trying to justify the killing, IMO.  Notice the articles says nothing about the people who killed him, but it has plenty to say about the sex offender?


By Austin L. Miller - Star-Banner

OCALA -- The Ocala Police Department has released the name of the man shot to death after a confrontation late Tuesday night.

He was identified as 34-year-old _____. Officials notified _____'s family about his death sometime late Wednesday night to early Thursday morning.

Ocala police Capt. Lester Revels said Friday that family members said _____ was originally from Atlanta and had moved to the Marion Oaks area roughly four years ago.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Web site indicates _____ had been a registered sex offender. The sex offender information lists him as a 6-foot-tall, 280-pound homeless man, and describes his 1995 conviction in Interstate, Ga., as involving rape and child molestation.

Revels said there is no indication _____ was slain because he was a sex offender.

Investigators were still searching for several people who detectives believe had a confrontation with _____ in the 700 block of Northwest First Street beside a white brick home. The group had gathered by a bonfire because of the cold that night.

There were reports of about four shots fired shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Afterward, officials say, _____ ran and then collapsed about 150 to 200 yards away from the original crime scene.

When officers arrived on scene, in the 600 block of Northwest Second Street, _____ was lying on the side of the roadway by an open lot. Authorities say the victim was in shock and was cared for by Ocala Fire Rescue personnel.

He was taken by ambulance to Munroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

_____’s wallet was in his left back pocket. In his right pants pocket was a box of Marlboro cigarettes filled with coins instead of cigarettes, authorities said.

Officials on Wednesday say they could not rule out any motive, including robbery or attempted robbery.

_____ was known to frequent the area, and detectives were still trying to figure out what caused the confrontation.

FL - Gainesville homeless feast on the plaza

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It's a shame this "compassion" is felt only one or two days a year, but as soon as the day is over with, everyone goes back to their own selfish lives and forgets about the "compassion" that they were talking about. This should be done, IMO, every day of the year, and for ALL human beings. But, hypocrites will be hypocrites! Check this out! After this day, everybody goes back to their lives, while other homeless people are out there, living under bridges, and staring to death. Jesus did not say to be kind to one another one or two days a year, but every day! And yes, this is a great idea, and I am not saying it is not, but just trying to make a point!


By Megan Rolland - Staff writer

On a beautifully mild Thanksgiving, even Gainesville's most destitute gave thanks for good food and friendship.

Gainesville's Compassionate Outreach Ministries took over the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Thursday with long tables laden with turkey, ham, green beans, candied yams and pecan pies - to name a few.

The feast was for Gainesville's growing homeless population, which at last count, almost a year ago, had reached 1,200 people.

"We were looking at the needs of the people and how to show our love for those who are less fortunate," said the Bishop Larry Dennison. "I am grateful that a lot of our congregation understands the heart of compassion."

Those congregation members spent three hours serving more than 100 people on the plaza the food they had prepared in their homes.

Gerald Tucker, who has been homeless in Gainesville off and on for about five months, said he was thankful for the police and social workers who are helping him find a home.

"I'm thankful that God loves me and that I've got food, and even though I'm sleeping across the street from the shelter, even the police are helping me," Tucker said in a quiet voice.

He had just finished his meal and was watching a game of dominoes taking place on the plaza picnic tables.

Tucker admits he is a registered sex offender, and that is why he can't stay in the local homeless shelters.

Floyd, who asked that his last name not be used, said he isn't homeless and has work but is still struggling.

"Things have been kind of tough," Floyd said. "This is a big help. To be able to sit here and get something to eat and socialize with people."

Floyd said he works with real estate companies doing maintenance, but he admits that as the economy has faltered, he has found less frequent work.

Bonnie Means, who coordinated the homeless outreach program for the ministries, said it was easy to convince members of her church to volunteer on Thanksgiving.

"We did it last year, and everybody was ready to do it again this year," Means said.

Dennison said his church received a permit from the city of Gainesville to hold the feast downtown. He said the politics that have erupted in recent years regarding the downtown homeless population don't concern his church.

He said they were just looking to help.

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