Reports: ‘Junior the Wendy’s Guy,’ a Texas Union fixture, died Monday

The man owning what were once the fastest fingers in the Texas Union died Monday, according to the Austin Chronicle.

 Junior rings up another customer at Wendy's in the UT Student Union in 2003. (Photo by Laura Skelding/American-Statesman)

Junior rings up another customer at Wendy’s in the UT Student Union in 2003. (Photo by Laura Skelding/American-Statesman)

The Chronicle reports that Ishmael Mohammed Jr., aka “Junior the Wendy’s Guy,” was found unconscious at an Austin bus stop Friday. An examination later showed severe bleeding in his brain, and despite surgery, he died early this week, according to the paper.

Mohammed was the toast of the University of Texas at Austin’s student union for more than a decade, nimbly taking orders for burgers and fries at unbelievable speed. He was “the Rachmaninoff of the register, holding the record for taking the most orders and sales within a 30-minute span, 246 orders for $1,035 — or one order every 7.3 seconds,” according to a 2014 American-Statesman story. Mohammed was the subject of short documentary in 2006.

In 2014, Benjamin McPhaul, a 2011 UT graduate, was approached by Mohammed and found out that the former Wendy’s employee had become homeless after leaving Austin for New York City in 2012 and later returning. McPhaul set up an online fundraising page for Mohammed, smashing the original goal and spreading the word about “Junior” across social media.

Mohammed’s daughter, Kimberly Guerin, told the Daily Texan that the family took her 61-year-old father off life support Sunday morning. From the Texan:

“I know he had been mugged before and that he has had stitches before,” Guerin said. “There have been altercations with people on the street, so they think it was probably a fall, but no one really knows because no one was there.”

Guerin initially set up a GoFundMe page to pay for her father’s funeral, but updates to the campaign indicate that the expenses have since been covered. She wrote on the fundraising page that “We are now going to use the donations to come up with a celebration of his life.”

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