Elderly Veteran Killed While Working At A Retirement Home

(PatriotWise.com) — In late September, Florida law enforcement arrested a 23-year-old man for the murder of an 81-year-old security guard at a senior living community, Law & Crime reported.

Jeremy Jason Patterson was apprehended in a wooded area near the High Point community in Brooksville on Friday, September 29.

Patterson is accused of fatally stabbing 81-year-old Ed Mead the night before, as Mead was working at the front entrance to the community.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in around 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 28 about a medical emergency at the entrance of the High Point community.

When Fire Rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they discovered that what was first believed to be a medical call was in reality a stabbing, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene moments later. Mead was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

From witness statements and surveillance footage, detectives quickly identified Patterson as a person of interest and later as the suspect.

High Point resident Arlene Dyer told WFLA in Tampa that she saw someone matching Patterson’s description walking around the community the morning after Mead’s murder and called 911. However, Dyer lost sight of Patterson after the dispatcher told her not to follow the suspect.

Patterson, a transient, was taken to the Hernando County Jail and charged with murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned on November 2.

The family of Ed Mead set up a GoFundMe account both to raise money for his wife’s medical expenses and to cover the travel expenses for Mead’s family to attend Patterson’s court hearings.

The GoFundMe has raised nearly $12,000.

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