The family of a Florida man shot and killed on Sunday, after paying for people’s meals and handing out money at a Gainesville restaurant, said he was a good person who enjoyed helping others.
“That was like the worst call you could ever receive,” the victim’s sister, Monique Ross, told Gainesville’s CBS 4. “He was just a good person.”
Ross’s daughter, Rasheeda Johnson, was with 41-year-old Craig Brewer as he paid for customers’ food at a Waffle House restaurant near the University of Florida, and handed out $20 bills. As CrimeOnline previously reported, a female customer reportedly became upset that Brewer didn’t pay for her food as well. At some point, Brewer and 25-year-old Ezekiel Hicks, who was with the woman, started arguing.
According to police, Hicks left the restaurant and went to his car, where he got a gun, then walked back into the restaurant and shot Brewer in the head. The victim died at the scene. Police captured Hicks before he left because they were already on their way to restaurant, after an employee previously called about overcrowding.
“When he shot him I instantly tried to stop the bleeding. 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,” Johnson told CBS 4.
Deputies arrested 25 year old Ezekiel Hicks following the shooting death of Craig Brewer, 41, at the Waffle House on West Newberry Road just after 3:00am this morning.https://t.co/UM8jFVPJCm pic.twitter.com/XDsZjrCSWu
— Alachua Co. Sheriff (@AlachuaSheriff) April 7, 2019
The incident reportedly happened within minutes.
“Despite the efforts of at least one bystander, the suspect went back inside, approached the victim, and a physical fight started. As the fight continued, the suspect took the handgun from his pants and shot Brewer in the head,” Alachua deputies said, according to Miami Herald.
Johnson said she doesn’t understand why the suspect was so angry, and that the tragedy happened simply because Brewer was being nice to others.
“If you ask anybody about him they will tell you the same thing- he was a good person, a loving person, a helper, a friend, a brother and a father,” Ross added.
The victim’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses for his children.
Any witnesses or anyone with additional information should the call the Alachua Sheriff Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 352-367-4170.
[Feature Photo: Craig Brewer/Facebook, GoFundMe]