'Revered' former UCF football player allegedly shot dead by his father after argument over dog bite

Source: University of Central Florida; MEGA

Dec. 1 2021, Published 9:53 p.m. ET

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A former University of Central Florida running back was allegedly murdered by his father after the two got into an argument over a dog bite, according to officials.

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On Nov. 29 around 9:30 p.m., Otis Anderson Sr., 52, got into the dispute with his 23-year-old son, Otis Anderson Jr., in the family’s Jacksonville home, First Coast News reported.

According to Anderson Sr.’s wife, Denise Anderson, a dog belonging to her son’s girlfriend bit her husband. The elder Anderson became upset and he began arguing with both his son and wife, police said.

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The argument quickly escalated and Anderson Sr. flipped over a reclining chair and later allegedly shot his son in the chest, killing him, according to NBC News. The suspect’s wife suffered non-fatal graze wounds in the confrontation.

Anderson Sr. is being held without bond in the Duval County Jail. He faces charges of first-degree murder, and first-degree attempted murder.

He is due back in court on Dec. 22.

“We have now confirmed and are devastated to hear of the passing of Otis Anderson Jr.,” UCF Athletics said of the murder. “He was revered by his teammates, our fans, and everyone within Knight Nation. Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who loved Otis. He was taken too soon and will truly be missed.”


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