Our last look back
Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.
As we begin a new year in North Central Florida, we thought we’d take one last look back at the best of 2012, according to web readers. These are the stories, in order, that received the most page views on gainesville.com:
1. "Charges unlikely against man who shot robbers": 650,378 page views. Published July 16, this article out of Ocala included the video of Internet cafe patron Samuel Williams, 71, shooting and injuring two men as they tried to rob the business.
2. "Man tells police group yelled ‘Trayvon,' then beat him": 216,821 page views. Published April 9, this article involved the police investigation of the beating of a 27-year-old man who was walking home from midtown bars early Saturday when he said he was jumped by five to eight men who shouted “Trayvon” before the attack.
3. "9-foot alligator attacks man going for dip in creek near homeless camp": 114,388 page views. Published June 11, this self-explained story told of James Wimmer’s encounter with an alligator. Wimmer survived, though the gator, “Three Legs,” ultimately did not.
4. "Search for missing student centered in southwest Gainesville": 80,359 page views. Published Sept. 25, this article concerned the first court appearance of Pedro Bravo, 18, in the disappearance of his friend, 18-year-old Christian Aguilar, while family and volunteers continued to search for the missing University of Florida student. Bravo ultimately was charged with murder, and Aguilar’s body was found by hunters on Oct. 12.
5. "10 dead in crashes; I-75 temporarily closed Monday morning": 80,085 page views. Published Jan. 29, this article appeared on the Web — along with photos, videos and sidebars — the afternoon of the deadliest auto crash in the history of North Central Florida and possibly the state.
6. "‘Trayvon' shouted as group attacks Good Samaritan": 79,830 views. Published April 12, this article told of another attack in Gainesville in which the name of Trayvon Martin was invoked again, this time during an attack by a group that police say stomped on a man who was scuffling with a robbery suspect on the Bo Diddley Community Plaza.
7. "Police believe UF student jumped to death at stadium": 77,751 page views. Published April 15, this article concerned the suicide of 26-year-old University of Florida student Michael Richard Edmonds Jr., who apparently jumped to his death from a stairwell along the west stands at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
8. "GPD: Man mistakes disabled vet's wheelchair as costume, assaults him": 69,818 page views. Published Nov. 1, this article recounted the attack on paralyzed U.S. Army veteran Daniel Priotti, who was wearing a uniform while celebrating Halloween, by a Marine veteran in a pink tutu.
9. "I-75 survivor: 'It looked like the end of the world'": 65,411 page views. Published Jan. 29, this story told the account of Steven Camps II, 22, who was injured in the deadly Interstate 75 pileups.
10. "Investigators: 21 arrested in online child-sex sting": 65,375 page views. Published Feb. 6, this article looked deeper at the arrests made the previous week as part of Operation Tail Feather, revealing the arrests of a second-grade teacher, a physician’s assistant and a man who said he mentors children at area churches.
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