Reports have surfaced that a man has been arrested for the double stabbing of two of Nicki Minaj’s team members. According to USA Today, Pierce Boykin, 31, was apprehended on Monday (Feb. 23), and brought up on charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder.
The devastating news of the attack arrived on Wednesday (Feb. 18), which left one of Minaj’s closest confidants, De’Von Pickett, 29, dead and Eric Parker, 27, who still remains in critical condition. The fatal incident reportedly took place at Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia, Penn.
Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) February 18, 2015
Tributes for Pickett came from celebrities who had the honor to be in his presence, taking to Instagram to showcase their condolences.
#Rp @myfabolouslife – these guys flew into Philly for my tour rehearsals 2 days ago and were both stabbed last night. #RIPDAYDAY condolences to your family. Unbelievable. Eric (on the right) is recovering. Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad.
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My heart is heavy right now… God opened my eyes this morning at 9:49am. For some reason at that time I woke up thinking about both of these guys. They both work with me, but I couldn’t figure out why they were in my mind at 1st wake up. Wasn’t sure if I had a dream & they were in it or just some wake up & process things type shit.. But at 10:04 my brother hit me & told me that they both were fatally stabbed in Philly last night. My friend @daydaydoesdis (left) died & my friend Eric Parker is in critical condition in the hospital fighting for his life. I am still in shock & don’t want to believe this. And it hurts even more knowing how good these two dudes are. How hard these guys work. And how loyal they are to whoever they are down with & each other. Please send Eric Parker your blessings & a prayer for him to pull thru. And RIP to the fallen soldier Day Day. I can’t even believe I’m saying that with your name attached to it. & I HATE this being a post!! I will miss your energy, your vibe, & you but I’ll hold on to your spirit!! #RIPDayDay #PrayForEricParker
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