The headline on the Star Tribune story reads, "2 slayings in north MInneapolis in one day." (Yes, there's a minor typo in the word "Minneapolis" but I reproduced the headline exactly)
Of those two slayings, the death of Gianni Gossitt isn't terribly surprising, as unfortunate as that may sound. He has a minor criminal record and moved here from Chicago nine years ago, according to the Strib, part of a group of nine siblings.
Unknown if the gun that shot him was also a nine millimeter.
Gianni's Facebook profile isn't very developed but shows...
...a bare chested young man blowing a smoke ring (substance being smoked is unknown) and a "background image" of the interior of a nice car. The "Vote No" sign visible through the windshield shows it's a relatively recent picture.
Facebook photos used under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism
His lone conviction in MNCIS, a juvenile burglary case, reveals his middle name was "David" and his birthday was 8/18/1990. I have a pair of army issue gray sweat pants almost the same exact age as this kid.
His Facebook profile also reveals he graduated from North High in 2008, claims to have worked at Triple R Records, and claims to have studied at The Art Institute International. He had 652 Facebook friends when he died. One of those friends posted the tribute picture visible at the top of this blog posting.
The friend in question, whose Facebook name is De'Angelo Delowripdnice Jones has a number of photos which appear to show cannibis, like the two below.
Here is a second tribute photo which appears in the aforementioned friend's photo albums amid numerous weed-themed images, or what APPEAR to be weed themed images.
Oh, wait a second. Did I say "wholesome?" I must have typed that before I saw the marijuana leaf pattern on his pants or, to phrase it another way, "walking probable cause."
As for Kerry Scott, 41, of Hopkins, his name is too common for me to get much info about him PERSONALLY but the address where his body was found in the alley, 3307 Girard Ave. N., is likely a poignant clue that Scott wasn't up to any good in North Minneapolis.
The house has been mentioned at least three times on the 4th Precinct CARE Task Force website, including a frustratingly short notation that a male was shot there, date unknown. Since Scott was beaten to death, this doesn't refer to Scott. There's also an entry about the house being a "nusiance" (sic) house, click here, and an unlicensed street dumpster. The house appears on a list of foreclosures that took place this year, click here.
Quite notably, the address comes up in association with a prostitution ring in a story this blog wrote in April, click here. The link to the address came off a jail roster. This is one reason I gripe so much about making sure the jail roster contains reasonably accurate information, because little stuff like this becomes a clue later; not just to a blogger but potentially to police investigators.
The home in question is a rental owned by Allan W. Giese of Eden Prairie, MN. Giese was convicted of a drinking related offense back in 2001 and his middle name is "Wrede." Good to know. Giese has been involved in at least 5 civil cases, three of which were eviction actions against tenants. The court cases turn up the names of LLCs, as follows:
Giese Silverlake LLC
Giese Holdings LLC
It's possible he's also associated with Trilogy Properties of MN, LLC, which is named as a defendant in one of the cases and uses the same lawyer as Giese and the entities sharing his surname.
A body turns up and it's just fascinating where the trail leads. What does it all mean? I don't know, except that Giese seems to be a slumlord and this blog ain't partial to slumlords. Getting back to that dead body, however....
What an ignominious end for Kerry Scott, 41, of Hopkins. If only suburbanites would stay out of my neighborhood when they're (apparently) up to no good and not make themselves perfect victims.
Free advice from Johnny Northside.