March 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have charged a man in the killing of a Nicki Minaj roadie outside a bar in East Germantown late last month. De'Von Pickett, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was fatally stabbed in a fight outside Che Bar & Grill, 6364 Stenton Ave., on Feb. 18. A coworker was seriously wounded in the attack. Pierce Boykin, 31, of the Stenton section of Philadelphia, had previously been charged with attempted murder in the coworker's stabbing. On Tuesday, he was charged with Pickett's murder.
February 26, 2015 |
Homicide detectives have arrested a man in connection with the stabbings of two employees of the rapper Nicki Minaj, one of them fatal, outside an East Germantown bar last week. Pierce Boykin, 31, of the Stenton section, was charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing outside the Che Bar & Grill that left a 27-year-old man whom police have declined to identify in critical condition. Boykin was not charged in the slaying of Minaj's tour manager, De'Von Pickett, 29, of New York City, who died shortly after the altercation outside the bar. Details on his death remained unclear Tuesday.
February 23, 2015 |
HOMICIDE UNIT detectives questioned a man yesterday in the stabbing death of one of Nicki Minaj's road managers at an East Germantown tavern, police said. Investigators later released that man and were looking to bring two others in for questioning in the Wednesday slaying of De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, Homicide Unit Captain James Clark said. No arrest warrants had been issued for the three persons of interest, whose names were not released by police. Clark said he's confident that an arrest in the case will be coming in the next few days, pending the questioning of the two other individuals.
February 22, 2015 |
Homicide detectives on Friday were pursuing leads in the stabbing death a Bronx man who worked for Nicki Minaj and was killed outside an East Germantown bar early Wednesday morning. De'Von Pickett, 29, succumbed to multiple stab wounds after an altercation that sources said he had attempted to defuse outside the Che Bar and Grill, 6364 Stenton Ave. Police were looking for three men who they said started at fight outside the bar with Pickett and several companions. One of Pickett's companions, a 27-year-old coworker, was seriously wounded in the fight, and was recovering at Einstein Medical Center.
February 20, 2015 |
De'Von Pickett had been in town for only two days. The Bronx native - a road manager for rapper Nicki Minaj - was in Philadelphia to start rehearsals for her forthcoming tour, and took the opportunity to meet up with a few friends Tuesday night. By the next morning, he was dead. Pickett, 29, succumbed to stab wounds dealt outside an East Germantown bar in an early-morning attack. On Tuesday evening, Pickett and four friends - some from the tour, some local - had been out drinking, bouncing from Cavanaugh's in University City to Che Bar & Grill, a small, unassuming bar in East Germantown with a pool table and a dance floor.
February 20, 2015 |
A GRUESOME double-stabbing in the shadows of a small East Germantown tavern yesterday sent shockwaves through the upper reaches of the music industry. De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, a veteran road manager who worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Britney Spears, died after being stabbed numerous times in the torso about 2:30 a.m. while brawling with another man in front of the Che Bar & Grill, on Stenton Avenue near Johnson Street, police said. Pickett and a co-worker, Eric Parker, in Philly to help Minaj prepare for an upcoming tour, had visited the bar at the end of a long night on the town, choosing it because they were friends with one of the employees, a police source said last night.
January 22, 2015 |
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
January 14, 2015 |
In yesterday's column , I wrote about how Nicki Minaj was caught cuddling up with North Philly rapper Meek Mill after Friday's Wale concert at the TLA. The couple has been teasing a relationship for some time, with Mill guesting on two songs on Minaj's new album, "The Pinkprint," and throwing out the line "Baddest bitch in the game wearing my chain, I'm ready," on his new track, "The Get Back (Freestyle). " But a tipster let me know that the relationship was not just a tease.
January 13, 2015 |
THE RUMORS are true: North Philly rapper Meek Mill and superstar Nicki Minaj are an item. How do I know? They cuddled up next to each other at Friday night's Wale show at the TLA. Mill 's buddy Rick Ross and his gal pal, Ming Lee, were also there in support of his Maybach Music Group crew, along with local boxer-turned-designer Simon "One Punch" Carr . A spy tells me that Minaj kept a low profile, hanging in...