Ex-FSU mascot stabbed to death after gumbo argument

A former Florida State University student who served as the Seminoles’ mascot has been killed after allegedly being stabbed during an argument with a co-worker.

Caleb Halley, who played the role of Chief Osceola from 2004-2007, died last Thursday from injuries he suffered in a stabbing at Buddy’s Seafood Market in Panama City Beach, Florida. 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, who worked with Halley at the seafood market and restaurant, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to the Panama City News Herald.

The incident, which occurred last Tuesday afternoon, allegedly sprang from an argument between the two men about the amount of spice to be put into the restaurant’s gumbo recipe.

According to a Panama City Beach Police Department report, the disagreement escalated quickly with the two men arming themselves with kitchen implements (a wooden board for Thompson and a small wooden knife for Halley). Police say that, according to surveillance video from the restaurant, the confrontation subsided briefly when Thompson walked away. Thompson is then seen returning with a knife with a 15-inch blade, which he then swings and thrusts repeatedly at Halley.

Halley’s injuries, which included three lacerations to his torso, were initially believed to be “non-life threatening.” However, his condition deteriorated, and he passed away on Thursday.

Thompson, who had posted a $25,000 bond earlier that day, was found at his home and rearrested after police received word of Halley’s death. He was charged with manslaughter and taken to Bay County Jail to await a first court appearance.

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