Blaklistid – Edmonton homicide victim a musician, father of two [News]
Edmonton, AB – Aspiring rapper Andrew Block aka Blaklistid, who also went by the name Andy Rock, is the city of Edmonton’s 25th homicide victim of 2010. Blaklistid was closely connected to the Rock Machine – a biker gang that was involved in a nasty turf dispute with the Hells Angels in Montreal in the 90’s that left more than 150 people dead. The father of 2 and aspiring career musician was found this past Tuesday fatally wounded by gunfire in the front passenger seat of a truck found in an Edmonton residential area. Click the jump for more information. Rest in peace, Blaklistid!
Edmonton homicide victim a musician, father of two
By Ryan Cormier, Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, AB – Edmonton’s latest homicide victim was a 31-year-old musician and father of two.
Andrew Block was found Tuesday with a fatal gunshot wound. He was in the driver’s seat of a black pickup found in the Inglewood neighbourhood. The truck had smashed windows and a damaged tire.
Murray Turnbull, a friend of Block’s since they both attended elementary school in Spruce Grove, said Block was trying to distance himself from bad elements in his life.
“He had already separated himself from that lifestyle and was really looking forward to a career in music,” Turnbull said. “I truly believe he wanted to get out, but it’s tough when it’s all you know.”
Block, who lived in the Edmonton area, had a young son and daughter, Turnbull said. He performed hip-hop music under the name Blaklistid. He developed a strong interest in music a year ago to honour a close friend who died.
“Andy wanted to excel in music,” Turnbull said. “He wanted to entertain people and he had a natural ability for it. At the flick of a switch, he could make everyone in a room smile, make everyone laugh.”
On Thursday, after his name had been released by police, Block’s Facebook page quickly filled with mournful comments.
“You will be sadly missed and I hope you’re in a better place now,” wrote one friend.
So far, there have been no arrests in the case. Police spokesman Dean Parthenis said officers from the gang unit has been consulted in the case, but are not actively investigating.
Block was found in his truck, which was parked behind a duplex at the corner of 127th Street and 116th Avenue. The residents of that duplex said they did not recognize the vehicle.
In 2001, Block was convicted of manslaughter after an accidental shooting at a house party. While fooling around with a gun, a shot went off, went through a door and hit a man sleeping on the other side. Block received a three-year sentence.
Block is the 25th homicide victim of the year in Edmonton.
Source: Edmonton Journal
By: Ryan Cormier for Edmonton Journal
Edmonton homicide victim had gang ties
By Jeff Cummings, QMI Agency
Edmonton, AB – Edmonton’s latest homicide victim was a 31-year-old father of two who was involved with a notorious motorcycle gang once in a bloody war with the Hells Angels, QMI Agency has learned.
Andrew Block – who had strong ties to the Rock Machine motorcycle club – was fatally gunned down sometime before police found his body sitting in the front passenger seat of a truck parked in a residential Edmonton area Tuesday.
Block, who also went by the names Andy Rock and Blaklistid, was a hip-hop musician linked to the Rock Machine’s Nomads Canada chapter.
The Rock Machine is an outlaw biker gang that was involved in a deadly turf war with the Hells Angels in Montreal in the 1990s.
The gang created a memorial page on its website at RockMachine.ca,, which identifies Block as a “brother.”
“It is with heavy hearts that all of the Nova Scotia Rock Machine Full Patches, prospects, hang arounds, and supporters send our thoughts, prayers and condolences for the loss of Brother Andy Rock,” wrote one member on the site’s guest book. “(He was) taken from us too soon. Ride on and rest in peace, brother.”
The war between the Rock Machine and the Hells Angels lasted for eight years and resulted in 160 deaths in Quebec, including two prison guards and several innocent victims.
Biker gangs are suspected of controlling most of the drug trade in Canada, said Grant MacEwan University criminologist Bill Pitt.
However, that’s not the case with the Rock Machine anymore, since the gang is no longer a big player in Canada’s gang world after losing ground to rivals, he said.
“They are peripheral players,” Pitt said. “They are attempting to play in the bigger leagues, perhaps trying to catch on with the more legitimate gangsters.
“Any gangs that get wiped out, they move on, but they hang on to the name.”
Police found Block sitting in a black, four-door truck that was parked on a garage parking pad. There was a small hole in the passenger seat below the head rest.
Detectives are still investigating the homicide that, so far, hasn’t resulted in arrests.
“(This homicide) was a settling of accounts,” alleges Pitt. “This could have been an account from a bad business deal.”
Block was convicted of manslaughter back in 2001 after Victor Chalifoux, 25, was killed by a stray bullet during a house party in Sept. 25, 2000. Chalifoux was sleeping when he was hit by the bullet after two teenage girls and two men in the home started passing around a .30-calibre pistol at 4 a.m.
Source: Edmonton Sun
By: Jeff Cummings for Edmonton Sun
More information on Blaklistid can be found at http://www.reverbnation.com/blaklistidlacokanostrahiphop and http://www.myspace.com/blaklistidhiphop.