BROOKSVILLE — Authorities say a Central High School teacher was in a heated dispute with Kenardo Frazer just hours before Frazer was shot to death last week on a Brooksville front lawn.
After their argument, a report stated, Frazer also threatened Brenda Faye Edwards (also known as Brenda Jackson), who instructs special-needs students at the school and has taught in the county since 2002.
A neighbor said she believed Edwards, 41, and Frazer, 30, had been dating.
Investigators indicated Edwards and Frazer yelled at each other in the front yard of her home at 21375 Anderson Road, where Frazer also lived, just after midnight Thursday. One of the suspects in the slaying, Dunell Brown, also stayed there occasionally.
During the argument, authorities said, Frazer grabbed the keys to Edwards' rented 2011 Hyundai Sonata and walked down the road toward Eastside Avenue.
She chased after him, authorities said, and grabbed the back of his jacket, causing five of her fingernails to break off. But that didn't stop Frazer.
Later, the report said, Frazer called her and said he was going to "f- - - you up."
About two hours later, a Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputy interviewed Frazer after he had returned home. The deputy said Frazer had admitted to taking the keys. But the report said Edwards declined to press charges, so the deputy left.
As driving rain drenched the neighborhood around noon, investigators said three men chased Frazer down and killed him in the front yard at 1583 Howell Ave., just blocks from his home on Anderson Road.
Authorities say Julius Holder, 25, of Brooksville shot Frazer twice with a 9mm pistol.
Deputies arrested Holder, Brown, 26, and Charles Bottom, 31. Holder and Brown were each arrested on a charge of homicide, and Bottom was arrested on a charge of principal to homicide. All three were being held without bail at the Hernando County Detention Center.
Brown's father, Jerome Brown, played football at Hernando High School and later starred at the University of Miami and in the National Football League. He was killed in a 1992 car crash.
The three suspects have criminal records riddled with drug charges. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they have been arrested a combined 29 times. Frazer, who had also faced drug charges, had been arrested nine times.
Central High principal Joe Clifford said Monday that he was sorry for Edwards' loss, but declined to discuss the issue further and would not comment on whether Edwards had faced any disciplinary action as a teacher. Joe Vitalo, head of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, said Edwards had not been in any trouble as far as he knew.
No phone number is listed for Edwards, and no one at her Anderson Road home answered the door Monday afternoon.
News researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.