Photo from Facebook profile of "Shaunta Gomez," posted under First Amendment comment and criticism, blog post by John Hoff
The "Sticc Up Boys" (note thuggy spelling) are one of the all-too-many "start up gangs" that appear in North Minneapolis like mushrooms appear in old dog feces left on the grassy boulevard. Rather than joining an established gang, young wannabe gangsters seek to be the "founding fathers" of their own gang.
But since all the other wannabes have the same impulse (to start a gang rather than join an established gang) these gangs and their monikers have little staying power. (Click here for a blog post with similar observations) Starter gang or not, the name "Sticc Up Boys" is known in North Minneapolis.
This image, above, was found on the wall of "Shaunta Gomez," whose real name is DaShaunta D. Gomez.
Malo D. Gomez (the "bored shooter" who fired at North Minneapolis cops) is Dashaunta's brother. Malo's middle name is also "Dashaunta."
The picture shows 13-year-old murder victim Rayjon Gomez while he was still alive, and in the comments section Rayjon himself says "me and some of the sticc ups."
In the photo are Malo Gomez, Rayjon Gomez and someone else named "King Mook." The photo seems to have been taken by Dashaunta Gomez, a/k/a "Shaunta Gomez."
Why Rayjon Gomez was murdered becomes less and less of a mystery: this is a clear example of hanging out with the wrong crowd. One might understand if a parent didn't always know who their child associated with, but what excuse is there when the information is publicly posted on Facebook?