Man, girlfriend had problems before fatal shooting

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.

Kenneth David Drown Jr. sent a text to his girlfriend, the mother of his child, on Sunday. They had a five-year history, and a 9-month-old son named Bentley.

Recently, she said on Monday, there were problems.

"Before any of this happened we liked to dance together," she said. "He was a good dancer. We liked to slow dance."

"He sent me a message ... and I never texted him back."

Drown, 21, of Newberry, would be dead before she'd get the chance. Police say he was shot on Sunday after he forced his way into his girlfriend's mother's home with a shotgun.

The particulars of the incident are still under investigation, but some details are clear. Drown showed up at the house in the 8000 block of Southeast 85th Street in Gilchrist County, just west of Newberry, with a shotgun and at some point it fired in the house, with the pellets going through a wall. The girlfriend's mother wrestled it away from him, and he left.

The girlfriend, her mother and the girlfriend's younger brother were in the house.

The family called 911 and explained the incident.

Drown returned with another shotgun, said Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jeff Manning and another shot was fired. He walked up to the house and the mother and her son shot Drown several times in the upper body.

It is not known, Manning said, if Drown was inside the house or not. Manning said the door had some damage to it and wouldn't close properly.

The are currently no charges — Manning said the Sheriff's Office was waiting for a report from the medical examiner.

According to Manning, the couple was going through a breakup, and from talking to witnesses at the scene, Drown had been drinking that day.

The girlfriend said Drown didn't drink regularly. She, and Drown's grandmother, said Drown liked to fish and hunt, and loved his son. The day before the incident, he spent the whole day with Bentley. The two — girlfriend and Drown — lived together, and the mother's home was nearby.

On her Facebook page, the girlfriend said, "What I would do to change what happened. We love you and yes I would love to dance with you?."

She did not want to talk about specifics of the incident when reached for comment, but she did say that her whole family loved Drown.

The two met through an ex-girlfriend, and both worked at a construction company in Gainesville. That day, Drown was hanging out at the "mud bogs" — a place where people race trucks.

"We had problems and he started drinking later on that evening and into the night," the girlfriend said. "When he drinks, it don't click."

Drown's grandmother, Brenda Durrance of Chiefland, said he was born in Gainesville and went to high school in Chiefland. He loved sports — especially from the University of Miami.

"He liked to be different," she said.

In July 2011, Drown lost his mother to cancer. Both women said they didn't think he ever got over it.

"He was a very good person," his girlfriend said. "He'd do anything for anyone and it was a big shock that he did something like this."

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