Two years ago in August 2008, you may recall the tragic story of Steven Parrish, an 18-year-old Maryland high school senior and a member of a street gang. Only one day before his high school graduation, fellow gang members began to suspect he was gay and immediately killed him.
The gang leader who ordered the hit on one his own members has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, reports the Baltimore Sun.
Timothy E. Rawlings Jr., 24, a former quarterback at Parkville High School and the father of a 3-year-old boy, showed no emotion as Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan told him that the killing of Steven Parrish, for the sole reason that the victim showed signs of being homosexual, was "senseless, brutal, unprovoked, cold-blooded, premeditated murder." Dugan said that Rawlings, as a leader of the so-called 92 Family Swans, affiliates of the Bloods, had "ordered this murder with the same casual attitude of someone walking into a fast-food restaurant and ordering one of the specials off the menu."
Prosecutors said that Rawlings had demanded that two men kill Parrish after they discovered that he had exchanged salacious phone messages with another man. Rawlings believed that Parrish's apparent homosexuality would "make the gang look weak," prosecutors said. Parrish... was stabbed and beaten, his head stomped and a red bandana left over his face as a sign of disrespect.
Parrish was brutally stabbed up to 50 times by two fellow gang members. Even more gruseome: The body was dumped in a wooded location behind his family's home and it was discovered by a relative.
The two gang members who lured and killed Parrish, Juan L. Flythe and Steven T. Hollis, have plead guilty to first-degree murder. Flythe "was given a life sentence, with all but 30 years suspended" and Hollis has yet to be sentenced.
Thanks Reginald Harris!
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