Ronald Lyle Goldman (July 2, 1968 – June 12, 1994) was an aspiring actor and part-time model who was murdered in Los Angeles, California, in 1994 at the age of 25. He grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. From 1986 to 1987 he was a student at Illinois State University and a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He later left ISU before graduating and moved to California with his father and sister after the divorce of his parents.
The football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of Goldman's murder in a criminal trial, and later found liable in Goldman's wrongful death in a civil trial.
At the time of his murder, Goldman was working as a waiter at Mezzaluna, a restaurant located at 11750 San Vicente Boulevard in Los Angeles. Allegedly, Nicole Brown Simpson, a friend and the ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, had called to report that she had accidentally left her mother Juditha's eyeglasses on one of the restaurant tables. After a quick search they were discovered, but they were found in the gutter. Goldman, who had not served the table where Nicole was, had agreed to bring them over after work. Before returning the eyeglasses, he stopped at his apartment located at 11663 Gorham Avenue to change clothes and shower. When he arrived at Nicole Brown Simpson's condo located at 875 South Bundy Drive to return the eyeglasses, he was murdered along with Nicole Brown Simpson on the walkway leading to the residence in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
During a reconstruction of the events, police believe he had arrived during or shortly after the murder of Nicole Brown-Simpson and attempted to protect her, but was stabbed to death right before or after her murder. The autopsy lists several fatal wounds, including many stabs to the torso, one superficial slit of the throat, and one deep gash of the throat, indicating Goldman struggled for his life.
 Personal life
Ron Goldman had never been married and did not have children. He had a girlfriend named Jacqui Bell. Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, stated that Ron loved his mother Sharon Rufo, but did not respect her and rarely talked to her. Goldman did not own a car when he was killed, but could often be seen riding around the Brentwood area in Nicole Brown Simpson's Ferrari. He had planned to open a new restaurant. Goldman is buried at the Agoura cemetery.
Goldman was affected by color blindness, according to his family.