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One Dies in Black Reunion Violence

April 12, 1999

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A year after a police shootout marred Black College Reunion, two shootings and two stabbings left one person dead and three in the hospital Sunday.

Craig Grover of Jacksonville, died Sunday night at Halifax Medical Center, nursing supervisor Judith Dyke said. Ansie Pierre, 24, of Miami, was found wounded in the stomach at a nearby motel about 100 yards away. He was listed in stable condition.

The shooting began after an argument about a drink that was poured on someone’s girlfriend, Daytona Beach Mayor Bud Asher said.

In a separate incident, a Daytona Beach woman was stabbed in the neck following an argument at the Desert Inn. The victim, identified as Shaneta Leshawn Jones, 20, was upgraded from critical to stable condition Sunday at Halifax Medical Center. No arrests were made, although Davis said a suspect was identified.

Despite the violence, the host city’s mayor from declared the weekend a success Sunday. Mayor Bud Asher said the incidents were isolated.

``I am not going to let it spoil the good things that happened at BCR,″ Asher said.

Black College Reunion started in 1984 as a small gathering of students from historically black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and nearby Bethune-Cookman College. It now competes with Atlanta’s Freaknik as the place to go for a ``black spring break.″

Cruising, partying and ogling members of the opposite sex are the primary activities of the event, which drew an estimated 100,000 celebrants.

A stabbing Saturday in Ormond Beach, about 5 miles northwest of Daytona Beach, resulted in the arrest of an Orlando woman, who was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly wounding a man from Alabama.

Timothy Jordan, 21, of Birmingham, Ala., was listed in satisfactory condition.

As of early Sunday, police had made more than 300 arrests, 12 for firearms possession and related charges. They wrote about 2,400 citations.

In 1998, 329 arrests were made and 926 citations were written over the three-day event. A man was killed and four police officers were wounded in a shootout that year.

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