Former Florida State Mascot Dies In Stabbing Over Gumbo Recipe

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In a strange twist to the death of a Florida man in a gumbo recipe argument gone bad, the Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that the guy who was stabbed in the argument used to portray Chief Osceola for Florida State football games.

The incident went down at Buddy’s Seafood Market in Panama City Beach. Caleb Halley died from the stabbing, according to the Panama City News Herald.

The man accused of stabbing Halley, 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, has been rearrested and charged with manslaughter, PCBPD reported.

Police reported that Thompson and Halley began to argue Tuesday afternoon over the amount of spice that should be put into the restaurant’s gumbo. The disagreement quickly escalated, and Thompson armed himself with a wooden board and Halley with a small wooden knife, PCBPD reported.

The confrontation subsided and Thompson walked away. But video surveillance from the business showed Thompson returning with a knife with a 15-inch blade and swinging and thrusting it a Halley, according to police.

Halley’s obit states that he spent four years, starting in 2004, in the Osceola mascot role.

Josh’s Seminole and Creek Indian heritage made him so proud to be part of FSU’s dignified depiction of the historical Seminole leader Osceola, and his Appaloosa horse Renegade that began every home football game by riding to midfield with a burning spear and planting it in the turf.  Josh also earned a Varsity Letter at FSU for his service as Chief Osceola and while at FSU was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

 

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Halley in 2006:

Florida State's Indian mascot, Chief Osceola, entertains during play against Rice September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU won 55 - 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Florida State’s Indian mascot, Chief Osceola, entertains during play against Rice September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU won 55 – 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 05:  Chief Osceola and his horse Renagade wait on the field as the visiting North Carolina State Wolfpack takes on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 5, 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 20-15.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 05: Chief Osceola and his horse Renagade wait on the field as the visiting North Carolina State Wolfpack takes on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 5, 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 20-15. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Florida State's Indian mascot, Chief Osceola, entertains during play against Rice September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU won 55 - 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Florida State’s Indian mascot, Chief Osceola, entertains during play against Rice September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU won 55 – 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Florida State's Indian mascot, Chief Osceola, entertains during play against Rice September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU won 55 - 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Florida State’s Indian mascot, Chief Osceola, entertains during play against Rice September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU won 55 – 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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