Youths Beat 3 Florida Transients, Killing 1

Published: January 12, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Homeless men sleeping on the campus of Florida Atlantic University appear to have been the targets of a beating spree Jan. 12.

Police are looking for a group of men – described as two to four young white males – who authorities believe are responsible for the attacks. Because one of the victims, 45-year-old Norris Gaynor, died of injuries sustained during the beatings, the group of men will face murder charges. Two other unidentified homeless men are still in the hospital due to injuries sustained in the attacks. They remain in serious condition.

One of the attacks was recorded by a surveillance camera. It shows two men chasing and beating with bats a homeless man who had been sleeping on a bench. According to a police officer, the suspects appeared to be laughing while they attacked the victim.

Area police and homeless advocates warned people to sleep in areas that are well-lit and busy if they can’t go to a shelter. Fliers were also distributed regarding the beatings.

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