Brian Deneke, born March 9, 1978, was a 19-year-old punk musician who was killed in a deliberate hit and run attack in Amarillo, Texas, by 17-year-old jock Dustin Camp.
On December 6, 1997, opposite the Western Plaza Shopping Center, a place called International House of Pancakes (IHOP) was a popular hang out for youths. However, a confrontation occurred involving Dustin Camp, an honor student and star football player for Tascosa High School in Amarillo, and John King, a member of the punk rock community. One witness, Kendra Petitt, claims that Camp hopped the median in his Cadillac as he tried to run the punks down in the parking lot, and that Camp missed and instead had his car window smashed by John King’s police baton. Camp and friends denied this event ever happened. Tension and resentment from this confrontation lingered among the respective groups for the following week.
After a night of heavy drinking on Friday, December 12, 1997, Dustin Camp and his companions returned to the Western Plaza Shopping Center at 11:00 p.m., anticipating a fight with members of the punk community. Violence soon broke out between jocks and punks outside of the IHOP restaurant. During the fight Dustin Camp retreated into his Cadillac; at first Camp appeared to drive away but then he sharply turned back, targeting Deneke by running him over. Camp’s attorney would later argue that Camp returned to defend a fellow jock; however, this claim has been discredited by Deneke’s companions, as well as a passenger eyewitness who was in the car with Camp at the time of the killing.
Camp was later found guilty of voluntary vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to ten years probation. In 2001, he was sentenced to an eight-year imprisonment for a variety of parole violations. He was paroled under supervision on July 31, 2006.