Univ. of North Florida employee killed in apparent home invasion

UNF employee killed in possible home invasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A long time University of North Florida employee was killed in Wednesday morning's apparent home invasion, First Coast News has learned.

UNF Spinnaker reports the employee was Joe Brenton, a senior IT network engineer who worked at the university for over two decades. 

According to police, Brenton was killed at his home on V C Johnson Road early Wednesday morning. Police report his wife and child were also in the home. They escaped safely and are now with detectives. 

The age of the child is unknown at this time. 

Jacksonville police say Brenton was found dead just steps away from his front door, it is unknown if the shooter and victims knew each other. 

At this time police do not have any suspects. Anyone with information should contact police immediately. 

Here’s a statement on behalf of the University regarding Joe Brenton: 

“The UNF community is saddened by the news of  Joe Brenton’s passing as he was a valued employee here for 21 years. He was instrumental in building the early network and server infrastructure at UNF and continued to architect the campus network until his untimely death. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends.” University of North Florida





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