This poor guy thought his money problems were behind him and ended up losing his life!
According to NY Post reports:
A drug dealer who successfully sued an NYPD cop over stop-and-frisk was killed in a double homicide in Staten Island last night — after bragging about the fat settlement he received, sources told The Post.
Kenrick Gray, 34, was shot in the head around 6:15 p.m., Tuesday outside 140 Park Hill Avenue in Stapleton, police said. His pal Noland Whistleon, 41, was also shot in the leg and torso and killed in the double homicide, cops said.
Gray recently won a $125,000 settlement against New York City for being wrongly stopped and frisked. One of at least three cops named in the lawsuit was ordered to pay $7,500 out of his own pocket.
That officer Mike Daragjati, 34, was also sentenced to federal prison for extorting $5,000 from someone who he wrongly believed had stolen his commercial snowplow.
While the FBI investigated that case, the cop was caught on a wiretap using racial a epithet and bragging about arresting Gray.
“Fried another n—-r,” he said, according to court records.
Gray recently boasted far and wide about his good fortune, sources said.
“Mr. Gray recently made known throughout hood that he received the windfall, and that very foolish boast did cost him his life,” a source said. “He has been running his mouth about getting the settlement and apparently the assailant caught wind of that and tried to rob him. There was a struggle and he was shot.”
It was not immediately clear how much money Gray was carrying or whether the suspect finally made off with his cash.
Gray had several prior arrests for possession of controlled substances and Whistleon, who was killed in Tuesday’s shooting as well, was about to go on trial in two weeks for allegedly choking and trying to rape a woman Dec. 13, 2012. He was out on $35,000 bail.
He appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was gunned down, sources said.
The two men had over 25 prior arrests between them, sources said.
A suspect has been taken into custody, sources say.
SMH. Haters didn’t have to kill him to get his cash though. That’s messed up.
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