Man gets 2 years for fight that killed ‘Junior the Wendy’s Guy’

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A man convicted of delivering a punch that killed, “Junior the Wendy’s Guy,” a beloved figure on the University of Texas at Austin campus, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Nikolas Ray Eller, 39 plead guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Wednesday, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Eller was accused of either kicking or slapping Ishmael Mohammed Jr, 60, in 2016. Witness accounts provided conflicting information about the fight, but it is believed Eller approached Mohammed to buy drugs and Mohammed accused him of being a cop. After the fight Mohammed was found unconscious on at a bus stop, rushed to the emergency room and he died a few days later.


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Mohammed spent a decade working at a Wendy’s restaurant inside the University of Texas at Austin’s student union. On Facebook, former UT students mourned the loss of Junior, remembering his enthusiasm and infectious joy.

He was one of the most memorable icons of the Longhorn community while he worked there. Filmmakers made a SXSW short documentary about him in 2006. In 2014, an Austin American Statesman article on “Junior the Wendy’s Guy,” referred to him as “the Rachmaninoff of the register holding the record making the most orders and sales within a 30-minute span…one order every 7.3 seconds.” He would yell “Touchdown!” and give high fives to customers while making their orders.

He left Austin in 2012 to take care of his ailing mother in New York. After she died, Mohammed’s life took a bad turn that left him living on Austin’s streets as early as 2014. A viral campaign helped raise some $30,000 for Mohammed, but he continued to struggle.

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Eller told police he could not remember much of what happened the night Mohammed died because he had been on a heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax binge for several days, according to the Austin American Statesman.

Matt Levin contributed to this report


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