Members from a Florida rapper’s entourage turned themselves in after a VIP fan seeking photo left in critical condition with a brain bleed instead.
Nardo Wick, real name Horace Bernard Walls III, had concluded a performance at Club Skye in Tampa, Florida when a 20-year-old VIP-ticketholder’s experience came to a violent conclusion in what appeared to be unprovoked battery. Friday, the man and teen seen striking George Obregon in the viral video turned themselves in to Tampa Police according to WFLA.
Identified as 34-year-old Zachary Benton and 15-year-old Edward Hamlett, the older suspect could be seen delivering a single blow to the victim before the younger individual rushed forward attempting to land a series of strikes that knocked the fan to the ground.
Hours after the incident, which had taken place shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, the victim’s mother, Michelle Obregon, took to Facebook to share the dramatic video with a message seeking justice after “what these mother f*ckers did to my son!”
“I want everyone to see what these mother f*ckers did to my son!!!!! At no point was my son aggressive, at no f*ckin point did he show any sign of harm!!! My son wanted a stupid f*ckin picture with his favorite artist!!!! And this is what he gets!!!!!!!” the mom captioned the videos. “I am sick to my stomach to think about how this could have turned out!!!!”
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“Anyone who knows my son knows he is the sweetest and gentlest kid ever. No drugs, alcohol, gang, nothing! I am dying here and my f*ckin heart is hurting so bad I am sick to [my] stomach. I can’t stay quiet,” she added.
The thugs left George Obregon fighting for his own life in the hospital.
Zachary Benton is a violent ex-con who has been incarcerated 3 times.
Hopefully the felony battery triggers Florida’s three strikes law, putting him away for 30 years minimum. pic.twitter.com/fzv3DZsxzA
— Marc (@gopher_marc) December 3, 2023
In his own post on social media the day after the incident, Walls detailed, “I don’t condone what happened to my fan George after my show in any type of way, I expressed to him and his mama how sorry and concerned I was that it happened to him, multiple times before anything was even posted or on the internet.”
“I sent his mama my number instantly the night it happened. I was even gone make a post to try to find out who he was before his mama text me. I cant control another grown man actions, I ain’t know that was gone happen, and I was mad when it happened,” the rapper who could be seen attempting to stop the teen explained.
“I tried to stop it as u can see in the video, and if somebody got the longer video you can see how mad I was, I love and appreciate all my fans and don’t condone in what happened at all dat sh*t ain’t gangsta or cool in no type of way,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the victim’s father, George Obregon Sr., had faulted Walls for the delay in locating the suspects, asserting the entertainer was not cooperating with authorities. He had told the Daily Mail, “We don’t know the suspect’s name because the rapper has not identified them. [Wick] is not talking. He does not want to cooperate.”
Both Benton and Hamlett were charged with felony battery and the teen was slapped with an additional charge of possession of a gun as a minor.
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