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Man who portrayed FSU's Chief Osceola fatally stabbed in gumbo spices fight

Orlando Thompson arrested in connection with co-worker's death

The tradition of Chief Osceola planting a burning spear at midfield while riding his Appaloosa horse, Renegade, before every Florida State home game began in 1978.
The tradition of Chief Osceola planting a burning spear at midfield while riding his Appaloosa horse, Renegade, before every Florida State home game began in 1978. (Jeff Romance)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A man who once portrayed Chief Osceola while attending Florida State University was fatally stabbed last week in a fight about gumbo spices.

Caleb Halley died from his injuries Thursday, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Panama City Beach police said Halley's co-worker, Orlando Thompson, 26, was arrested in connection with the stabbing.

Lt. John Deegins said Thompson and Halley were working at Buddy's Seafood Market when they got into an argument "about the amount of spice to put into the restaurant's gumbo."

Deegins said the argument "quickly escalated" when Thompson armed himself with a wooden board and Halley with a small pocket knife. The initial altercation ended after a "quick skirmish" in which Thompson retreated, but Thompson later returned with a knife and was seen on surveillance video "swinging and thrusting the knife at Halley."

According to reports, Halley portrayed Chief Osceola at FSU football games from 2004-07.

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