Heartbroken friends and relatives over the weekend paid their final respects to De’Von Pickett, the slain tour road manager for hip hop star Nicki Minaj.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Brooklyn. The day before, mourners packed the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, also in Brooklyn for the viewing.
Pickett, 29, whose nickname was “Day Day,” was fatally stabbed outside the Che Bar and Grill on 6364 Stenton Ave. in Philadelphia, on Feb. 18. He lived in the Bronx.
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His fellow roadie, 27-year-old fellow Minaj crew member Eric Parker also suffered stab wounds to his left arm and is still in hospital.
On twitter, family and friends expressed their grief over his death and pride for his accomplishments.
“Farewell my brother, well done!” wrote Debora C. Hooper (@deborahooper)
Melvin Thomas J.R. (@melvinthomasjr1) wrote: “Celebrating the life of my cuz,my dude,my homie Mr.De’Von Pickett this weekend i still can't believe…”
One man is in custody in connection with the attack. Pierce Boykin, 31, of 1300 East Sedgwick Ave. in Philly, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other related offenses. He was not the stabber, police sources said.
The victims were in Philadelphia preparing for the singer’s upcoming tour with her boyfriend, fellow hip hop artist Meek Mill, also a Philly native.