YouTube embed from YouTube, blog post by John Hoff
Murder victim Parrish Gray's street name was "Stony P" or "P Stony," take your pick. Using this piece of info somebody kindly dropped in my ear, I managed to turn up a tribute video on YouTube, embedded above.
The video features a song which was written expressly as a tribute to Parrish Gray and is titled "Born Alone, Die Alone." The video was not created to inform journalists or the public about the circumstances of Gray's death and yet contains a number of accidentally informative nuggets...
Gray went by "Stone Gray" on Facebook. Disappointingly, his profile has high privacy settings, but something he wrote on Facebook, May 24, "near Minneapolis" survives in the tribute video, as follows:
"If you fuck with me and you really fuck me please I mean please God forbid anything every (sic) happens to me but if it does please don't write R.I.P. STONY ON YOUR STATUS OR SHIRT AND THEN GO FUCK WITH THE NIGGAS WHO DID IT FUCK YOU ON MY LIFE."
I've read this several times and I'm still not sure of its precise meaning, but here's my guess at what it means in the King's proper English.
"If you hang around with me, or if you are one of my lovers, please, I mean please, God forbid anything should ever happen to me but let's suppose it does. If I'm killed by somebody, in that case don't go writing R.I.P. STONY on your (Facebook) status or a (tribute) t-shirt, but then go (hypocritically) hang around with the same people that did it. Fuck you you if you do. If that happens, with my dying words, FUCK YOU."
I am not completely confident of my interpretation. I am not even a LITTLE confident of my interpretation. Readers are welcome to try their hand. The same video contains the phrase "P.I.L. P.5STONEY which seems to be "gang code" for R.I.P. P STONEY. (Both the "stony" and "stoney" spelling variation appear to be used)
Parrish Gray appears to have left a video of himself, embedded below. This video was uploaded by Parrishgray21 in 2008.
In it, he appears to assert himself as a dominant force in the neighborhood universe and to call out enemies by name, some of which are in the "Taliban" gang. He says to these Taliban, "Niggas better get me before I get you." He also says, "It's murder squad or nothing."
"Murder squad" is apparently the name of a group of people, that is to say, a gang.
As previously reported on Johnny Northside, Kyle Hickman is in police custody, charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Parrish Gray. Jaylin Dubose was named in the criminal complaint but his wherabouts are unknown.