WBUL to honor memory of murder victim on anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of a robbery gone terribly wrong.

At 11:44 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2006, University Police responded to a call that would lead them to the murder of Ronald Stem, a former WBUL DJ and USF student. The shooting was the first murder the University had seen since 1994.

At 1 p.m., WBUL DJ Dr. Johnny P. Lovetrain will dedicate his show to the memory of “Rockin’ Ron.”

Stem’s body was found in a parking lot near the Magnolia apartment complex, where his girlfriend Sarah Cobb was living at the time.

In the beginning, detectives had very little to work with, but in the following months, three high school students were arrested and charged with robbery and murder.

According to the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Rashad Jamel Taylor, 17, Morgan Nelson, 16 and Najee Hunter, 17 will all face a pre-trial conference on April 19 and a jury trial either on April 23 or May 7.WBUL Technical Director Dane Harmon said he was surprised when he heard the news and that Stem was always dedicated to his job.”It was shocking – for it to be Ron especially,” he said. “He was such a non-offensive person.”

Stem’s murder was the first on campus since Feb. 17, 1994, when 19-year-old Heather Haupin was shot outside of Kosove Hall by her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Peter Howarth, following a White Zombie concert at the Special Events Center.