The identity of a young man shot and killed while protecting children Thursday evening in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami, released this morning by Miami Police, has a strong tie to the Tampa Bay area and the University of South Florida. Bradley Holt, 24, was the older brother of USF freshman quarterback Quinton Flowers, who is set to start for the Bulls tomorrow as they take on SMU.
According to CBS 4 Miami reporter Natalia Zea, Miami Police are still searching for the gunman who shot Holt from inside a yellow Ford Mustang which had been driving erratically around children near an apartment building. Witnesses say Holt approached the vehicle and shouted at those inside when their reckless driving endangered the kids, and minutes later someone in the car shot him in the head.
USF Athletics released this statement following the release of Holt’s identity:
Bradley Holt (24), the older sibling of USF freshman quarterback Quinton Flowers (Miami) was tragically killed last night in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami, Fla. in what is being widely reported as an incident that saw him acting as a Good Samaritan.
Per Quinton’s wishes, he will remain with his coaches and teammates, those closest to him at USF, and travel with the team to Dallas today as the Bulls prepare to play at SMU on Saturday.
Our immediate concern is for Quinton’s well being and for that of his family. We will first and foremost support Quinton and help him cope with this tragic occurrence. Any questions regarding Saturday’s game are premature and secondary at this time.
USF Head Coach Willie Taggart:
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone in our football program and the USF family are with Quinton and his family as they cope with this senseless tragedy. Quinton is a special young man who has had to endure far more at his young age than anyone should. We will do everything we can to help see him through this very difficult loss.”
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