Funeral For Bentley Resort Victim Held Today

Philippe Nahon of Sarasota was shot Saturday at the Bentley Resort in Osprey.

A funeral will be held Tuesday for the Sarasota man who was shot and killed at the Bentley Resort Saturday.

Services for Philippe Nahon, 48 of 4122 Hearthstone Drive, Sarasota, will be held at 10 a.m. today at . Authorities released Nahon's name Monday.

It all started shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the resort, 1660 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, following a verbal exchange that quickly heated into a fatal shooting. Witnesses told the sheriff's office that Rice told Nahon to sit down at the tiki bar and he refused, so Rice pointed his semi-automatic pistol at Nahon's head and fired, according to the affidavit. After the shooting, Rice is seen in video surveillance holding the gun in his had while walking through the bar area and then "drinks from the liquor bottle stock," according to the affidavit.

Deputies from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office found Nahon dead from a single gunshot wound, according to a report by the sheriff's office.

The suspect, Michael W. Rice, 23, of 410 Friendship Road, Seneca, S.C., was arrested at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. Rice was under the influence of alcohol, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Nahon's brother told The Herald-Tribune that his brother was a "generous" man: 

"A graduate of Riverview High School and Manatee Community College, Nahon lived in Sarasota for more than 35 years.

Laurent Nahon said his brother was a generous, fun-loving person who adored being with his family.

“He wouldn't order the 3 oz steak; he'd order the 10 oz steak,” he said. “He dreamed big and he lived big.”

Rice faces a first-degree murder charge and is being held without bond, according to the sheriff's office website.

This article has been updated with additional details regarding the arrest.

Asher King May 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM
What I can say about Phil is that he loved his son as much as any man can love his son. My heart goes out to his family.
Marjorie K Jordan May 29, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Shalom Aleiche, Phil. Words cannot express the impact you made nor the loss felt by so many people.
JN Prade May 30, 2012 at 01:26 PM
On t'aime Phil Tu nous manques Nous nous occupons de tes parents ... Les prade
Becca Hill June 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
What else was Rice under the influence of? Why was he carrying a semi? And why did he want Nathan to sit down. ?
Mary Nicolini, LCSW, LCAP December 09, 2012 at 03:50 AM
This animal ruined took, not only one life, but many lives. Collateral damage. If anyone was there that fateful day, you may email me at NicoliniM@aol.com. He had a .44 magnum, I believe. He stated to the police, according to the tribune, that he came to Sarasota to kill one person. I believe the paper also said he had some kind of pills in his van. I just wonder how he was acting the few days prior at the hotel. I wonder if he was drunk for the couple days before he decided to take someone's life.


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