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Cops arrest Florida man for death threats against Purdue superfan Tyler Trent’s family

Purdue Boilermakers superfan and honorary bowl captain Tyler Trent before the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Auburn Tigers in the 2018 Music City Bowl Dec. 28 at Nissan Stadium. Trent died Jan. 1. Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports1 / 2
Purdue Boilermakers superfan and honorary bowl captain Tyler Trent and Purdue Boilermakers quarterback David Blough (11) before the Dec. 28 game against the Auburn Tigers in the 2018 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports 2 / 2

A central Florida man was arrested Monday for posting threats against the family of Tyler Trent, the Purdue University superfan who died of cancer on Jan. 1.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said John Matthew Pinkham, 39, was arrested at his Deltona, Fla., home and charged with making written threats to kill or injure, a felony.

Detectives in Volusia County and Indianapolis police department determined that Pinkham used an alias to make the threats on Trent's Facebook page following his death last week. Trent 20, died from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Pinkham made the alleged threats ahead of a vigil that is scheduled for Trent on Tuesday at the university in West Lafayette, Ind.

"I promise I will make headlines..I will kill his mother," read part of a post that police attributed to Pinkham, posting under an alias of "Julie Homan."

Trent decided to use his final months to raise money for cancer research. The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment has taken in more than $100,000.

Pinkham is being held on $10,000 bond.

Rob Beer
Rob Beer is manager of Forum News Service in Fargo. The Princeton, Minn., native and a 1993 Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate began working at The Forum in 1991. He is a former graphic artist, assistant sports editor, presentation and online editor at The Forum. He previously worked at the New Ulm (Minn.) Journal and the Huron (S.D.) Plainsman.
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