Aaron Goodwin Remembered As Optimistic and Driven

Aaron Goodwin
Posted at 4:46 PM, May 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-28 01:44:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- After the death of a 24-year-old former Florida A&M University student and business owner is ruled a homicide, Aaron Goodwin is being remembered by family and friends.

Mickey Clayton, the Executive Director of FAMU's Rattlers Booster Club, knew Goodwin as a child. Clayton attended FAMU with Goodwin's uncle and was always close to the family, all having grown up in Cocoa Beach, Florida together.

A brother, a friend, and an entrepreneur, Goodwin made a name for himself refurbishing sneakers around FAMU's campus and it was always his dream to open his own store.

Clayton recalled the time when Goodwin approached him with his business idea.

"He came by and said coach I need to talk to you. I said 'what's up aaron what are you doing now?' and he had came up with this idea to actually restore and clean high end tennis shoes, especially Jordans, but he would clean them and refurbish them and I said people pay you for that he said yea let me clean yours you'll see I get paid for it," said Clayton.

Several people told WTXL they remembered Goodwin and his motorcycle constantly zipping around campus. In addition to his need for speed, Goodwin worked as a manager for the men's basketball team and volunteered in the booster club's office.

One thing everyone who knew him agreed on was that he was optimistic and did whatever necessary to reach his goals and pursue his dreams.

Coach Clayton elaborated. "He just grabbed life and he enjoyed it and when things weren't going well you wouldn't know it he would always tell you 'I got it I'm good. I'm good."

Goodwin graduated from FAMU in 2014 and was recently accepted into the school's graduate architect program.

Leon County Sheriff's deputy are actively investigating Goodwin's death as a homicide. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the anonymous Tip Line at (850) 606- 3600.