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GPD investigating homicide at Swamp Car Wash

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, at approximately 12:46 p.m., the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) received a call advising that an individual, later identified as Bobby Bernard Hopkins, Jr. (DOB: 03/29/1985), had been shot at the Swamp Car Wash (912 East University Avenue). The caller advised that they were transporting Hopkins to the UF Health Shands Hospital Emergency Room. Hopkins sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and later succumbed to his injury.

This is the second murder at that location in less than 5 months. An arrest was made in the January 7 case on April 27.

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GPD detectives are actively investigating this case, following up on leads, and collecting and evaluating evidence. We are asking any members of the public who have any knowledge or know of evidence of this case to contact the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867, www.stopcrime.tv, or GPD Detective J. Castor at 352-872-2101.