One of senior writer Neil W. Blackmon’s good friends, Vince Binder, has been missing since the beginning of April. He was last seen in the Tallahassee area walking home to his apartment. I realize this is a soccer site, but we have a large following across the state of Florida and want to get the word out to as many people as possible. Please read the information above and below and consider retweeting this on Twitter or posting on Facebook.
I don’t know Vince personally, but he seems like a great guy and Neil could really use the support right now. Anything you could do to assist would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Vincent John Binder was born November 25, 1980 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York.
Ever since he was little, Vince loved encyclopedias. His mother Lili Ann, a schoolteacher, read Vince an encyclopedia fact every day, nurturing his curiosity and passion for knowledge at a young age.
As a child, Vince loved fire trucks and always wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. At age eight, he moved with his family to Jupiter, Florida. After his mother’s passing, he stayed in Jupiter with his aunt and uncle, Marie and Al Anderson, and his cousin Chris Anderson.
Vince attended Jupiter Middle School where he made friends quickly and pursued his love of baseball, basketball and football. After graduating from Jupiter Middle School, he attended Jupiter High School, where his love for debate grew. His knowledge of sport statistics was endless, as was his supply of different hats. Vince graduated from Jupiter High School in 1998 and pursued his passion for debate and public speaking in college.
Vince was a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia and a member of the college’s top winning debate team. Following graduation, Vince’s love for debate led him to the media and communication studies master’s program at Florida State University (FSU), where he was also pursuing a rhetoric degree. Vince was a beloved speech department teaching assistant and enjoyed teaching his speech students, fondly calling them “his kids.”
Vince was also an FSU debate coach and extremely proud of his team’s progress. He spent many hours coaching, encouraging and challenging his fellow classmates. He loved hanging out with his Tallahassee friends and enjoyed engaging in deep conversation over a beer or two. He was often seen walking around FSU campus, wearing one of his trademark hats, and jamming out to Bad Religion or The Rolling Stones on his iPod.
Vince’s positive attitude, compassionate nature, smiling face, and bright blue eyes are deeply missed by us all. Come home soon, Vince. We all love you and miss you.