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Racial comment preceded fatal Vegas casino punch
Racial comment preceded Vegas Strip casino punch that left Utah man dead, Florida man jailed
By The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) ' Police say a racial comment in a Las Vegas Strip casino restroom preceded a single fatal punch that left a Utah man dead and a 37-year-old Florida man jailed on a murder charge.

A Las Vegas police report identifies the man killed in the 12:45 a.m. Wednesday confrontation as John Massie. The report doesn't provide Massie's age or hometown.

Benjamin Gerard Hawkins of Gainesville, Fla., was arrested at O'Sheas Las Vegas Casino shortly after police say Massie was felled by a single punch to the face.

Hawkins is black. Massie is white.

Police say Hawkins threw the single fatal punch after Massie made a comment about a black man in a yellow shirt.

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