So sad! Darel Evans, a former gang member and one of the stars of the Sundance Channel docu-series ‘Brick City’ has been shot and killed in New Jersey. He was an anti-violence activist so the fact that he was murdered is all the more tragic.
Heartbreaking news! Brick City star Darel Evans — who was also known by his nickname “Creep” — has been shot to death in Newark, New Jersey. He was only 33-years-old. So far police have no suspects in custody and haven’t determined a motive in the killing, which occurred just before midnight on Dec. 7. The former gang member had turned his life around and worked as part of an anti-gang initiative within the city’s community, which was documented on the TV show.
This news is just devastating. Darel was a former street gang member with the Crips, but decided to change his course in life and became an anti-violence advocate, which was featured on Sundance TV’s Brick City, a documentary series that chronicled the life of people striving to be better and stronger.
Creep had a tough upbringing, being raised primarily by his two grandmothers as his parents were in and out of his life when he was growing up. By the eighth grade he was busted for car theft and marijuana possession and sent to juvenile detention, where he was introduced to gang culture through other teenagers who were members of the Bloods and Crips street gangs.
But after years of seeing his fellow bangers either locked up or dying, he decided to ditch gang life. According to Sundance TV, “His work as a street activist led to a position at the respected Newark therapeutic center, Integrity House,” which President Barack Obama just visited on Nov. 2.
Creep was working with at-risk young males as a coordinator at Integrity House on the weekends, and at the New Jersey Food Bank on weekdays at the time of his passing. He leaves behind his girlfriend Jayda and their five-year-old daughter Layla Anyai.
Our thoughts go out to Creep’s family and friends in the wake of his tragic death.