“I am God, they aren’t going to die”: Man charged with attempted murder of girlfriend after allegedly stabbing her in the chest

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Lacedrick Keyon Brunson, 24, a former Gators football player, was arrested yesterday and charged with attempted murder and two counts of child abuse after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the chest and throwing two children to the ground.

At about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, Gainesville Police Department officers responded to a call from the victim, who said Brunson had just stabbed her multiple times. The first officer arrived almost immediately and reported that he found Brunson outside the apartment, covered in blood; he reported that Brunson was trying to get back inside the apartment, where the victim and the two children were. A witness who was holding a kitchen knife was reportedly trying to stop Brunson from re-entering the apartment.

The officer handcuffed Brunson and made contact with the victim, who was also reportedly covered in blood and was transported to a hospital; the officer reported that the victim had been stabbed twice in the upper chest and once on the chin and also had a “slicing” cut on the back of her head. Although the knife wounds were potentially life-threatening, the victim was reportedly in stable condition when the report was written.

The victim reportedly told an officer that Brunson had been “acting crazy” for the past two days, talking a lot about God and even saying that he was God. She said she had been sitting on the couch with two children when Brunson said he wanted a “group hug” and squeezed all three of them so tightly that they couldn’t breathe. She said she tried to escape the “hug” and told Brunson they couldn’t breathe, and he responded, “I am God, they aren’t going to die” and kept squeezing. During the struggle, Brunson allegedly yanked the children from the victim and threw them both on the ground. He then allegedly picked up the knife and stabbed the victim until the witness intervened.

The witness told an officer that she was outside the front door of the apartment when she heard screaming; she said she went inside and saw the victim fighting off Brunson while he tried to stab her. The witness said she took the knife from Brunson.

The children were reportedly uninjured.

Judge David Kreider set bail at $850,000.

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  • Another entitled Gator athlete who has probably gotten away with all kinds of crimes his whole life with little to no consequences. Aaron Hernandez had warning signs like this before he became a serial killer- hopefully this won’t be a repeat story. Lock him up and see how his ‘I am god’ speech works with his fellow inmates and Correction Officers.

  • Too bad someone couldn’t have assisted him meeting the real God. Would have saved some tax dollars and protected society all at one time.

    July 1st is right around the corner. If you’re legally able, not many excuses to not have the means to protect yourself and your family.

    • Drugs won’t cause schizophrenia, but can hasten the onset of symptoms. He’s at the right age for onset.

      • But they do increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, drug-induced psychosis or a similar illness.

  • Another squandered athletic scholarship down the drain. Life plan 101: school, work, marriage, offspring, then retire. In that order.

  • Well another gator football player goes down in UF history throwing a education away. Looks like his new major maybe life in prison. I guess we will find out if drugs made him think he was God. May have been to many helmet hits on the field. Either way he now just an embarrassing stain on the UF football locker room floor.

  • Everyone’s jumping to conclusions. We don’t know he was on drugs or is suffering mental illness. I hope his victim survives, and that her children are not injured. That if he’s got mental health issues, he gets attention. And if he acted criminally with malicious intent, he receives a long incarceration with treatment.

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