After two brothers were shot to death in the parking lot of a Jacksonville Golden Corral in Florida, some citizens are accusing the city’s sheriff’s department of covering up a hate crime.
“At around 8:45 p.m. Sunday night, 24-year-old Andrew Austin Bohannon and 19-year-old Matthew Ryan Bohannon were sitting in their truck in a Golden Corral parking lot when they were approached by another car with multiple occupants inside,” according to The Inquisitr. “After ‘some type of conversation’ between the two parties, multiple shots were fired at the Bohannons. One was killed instantly, and the other was pronounced dead shortly after at a local hospital.”
While the motive of the doubling killing is still unknown, rumors spread amongst the population of Jacksonville that it was related to the “Free Zimmerman” bumper sticker on the Bohannon’s truck, referring to George Zimmerman.
On July 13, Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
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On Monday, the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Department released this statement: "We have had numerous inquiries, blog comments and Facebook postings about the relationship between the Normandy double homicide last night in the Golden Corral parking lot and the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. We are confident to say where we are in the investigation that this is not the case at all. There is NO link at all between these cases, nor did we ever suspect one."
According to Jacksonville’s First Coast News, some of the Facebook comments included, "Definitely had to do with the Zimmerman case," and, "Nice way to try to cover up a hate crime JSO. Unfortunately the public knows better.