Police are investigating the death of a former Robinson High School student who was stabbed in Ybor City early Saturday morning.
Joshua Rankin, 21, was stabbed at the intersection of 5th Avenue & North 16th Street around 2:45 a.m.
Another man, 21-year-old William Medeiros, was also stabbed, but survived.
Officers arrested 21-year-old Joseph Vincent Amore and charged him with 2nd degree murder and aggravated battery.
Amore made his first appearance in court Sunday morning, where he was denied bond.
Rankin was a popular athlete at Robinson High School, where he played football and wrestled.
He was an offensive lineman on the field, where he wore jersey number 75. Rankin was the senior captain when he graduated in 2009.
"He was a great kid to us. And to the community," said Tom Montoya, Rankin's uncle.
"He was a very, very tough kid. He always came to practice. He played with a broken hand. He played with a broken wrist. You could never keep him off of the field," said Robinson High head football coach, Shawn Taylor.
Early Saturday morning in Ybor City, Rankin was stabbed to death. The 21 year old was with a friend, William Medeiros, when police say they got into some sort of a fight with 21-year-old Joseph Amore of Lakeland.
Medeiros and Rankin were stabbed. Medeiros survived; Rankin did not.
"He's one of the nicest people I know. I can't believe this. Out of everyone I know, this is one of the last people I would expect this to happen to," said Joshua Woodford, one of several friends who attended a memorial for Rankin on Saturday night.
"It's a testament to Josh's character. Had a lot of friends. Always a stand up guy. Great brother. Great nephew. Great son. He was a good person," Montero said at the memorial.
Robinson High football players will wear number 75 on their helmets this season.
"When he was here, he was a very, very determined kid," Taylor said. "When things like that happen, it shakes the whole community."
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