blog post by John Hoff
Many red hot and exclusive details will follow in my NEXT blog post about how last night's candlelight vigil for a North Minneapolis shooting victim (click here for Star Tribune article) quickly turned into a mob action with a shot fired, and citizens nearby hitting their lovely wood floor with not enough police able to respond to their frantic 911 calls, but first things first:
The murder victim's identity was learned first and exclusively by JNS blog by simply looking on Facebook (click here for his Facebook profile) while our mass media provide fearful Northside citizens no further details. These mass media are apparently on a tight and voluntary official leash awaiting a "press release" or some such thing. Stepping into the void, JNS blog can tell you the victim is a man who goes by Drew TheChef Billingsley.
Since he is...
...only identifiable by Facebook at the moment, and I can't confirm whether his legal name is really "Drew Billingsley," I'll hold off on further background details and just go with what is known on Facebook.
He studied at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. His "wallpaper" on Facebook features the face of another murder victim. I recognize the face but can't place the name this moment, even though I'm sure I wrote about the guy.
There are so many murders happening now on the Northside and I am so far behind reporting on those murders that I have lost my ability to keep all the murders straight, so rather than pausing to refresh recollection for now I'll just say Drew Billingsley has a picture of THIS guy on his Facebook wallpaper:
ADDENDUM, 1:14 PM: The person in the picture is Johnathon "Jada" Harris, who was allegedly murdered by DaShaunta Gomez.
Billingsly describes himself as the "CEO" of something called "L.O.L Entertainment," which is also on Facebook and described as a "concert venue."
The page recently advertised a June 10 concert by Too Short Twista (or is that Too Short AND Twista?) at the Epic Nightclub, 110 North Fifth Street. Epic nightclub was the scene of the murder of gang member Tyrone "Ty Crack" Washington, whose homicide has set off an endless cycle of violence and been the subject of a great deal of musical commentary, first reported exclusively on this blog but now picked up by many other prominent media entities.
That's enough on Billingsley's life on Facebook for the moment. I urge readers to go to his Facebook page and make your own investigation and discoveries, if interested.
In the meantime, I have another blog post to write about last night's mob action at the shooting vigil.