ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 30-year-old Brooklyn Park man found dead and burned in a St. Paul alley has been identified as a popular local rapper.
The family of the victim, identified as Quincy Blue, says he had a longtime fiancé, was a father of two and studied business at DeVry. He was also widely recognized for his music with a local hip hop group, Street Kingz.
“As far as the music career, he pretty much introduced Minnesota to the rap game, in my opinion,” said close family friend Marquis Bolden, who called Blue a local celebrity.
Through his music, Bolden says he influenced many.
“A positive role model at that, not negative into gang activity, he just primarily wanted to see the African American male progress in their life, he set that example for us,” said Bolden.
His family and friends don’t know how he ended up in the St. Paul alley, but they do know he will be mourned by many.
Keisha Parker, the sister of Blue’s longtime fiancé, says he was studying business because he had ambitions of growing in the music industry and opening up his own record label.
“He touched a lot of people out here and by losing him, it hurts so bad,” said Parker.
As police search for leads, his family is baffled, wondering who would end the life of a man who they say inspired many.
“Whoever it is that did this, I expect for you to turn yourself in as soon as possible, because, as a community, we can’t go through this anymore, this will take a toll on the community, not just his family,” said Bolden.
Blue’s family says this is the second homicide to hit their family in two years. Blue’s fiancé’s brother, 19-year-old Kyle Parker, was gunned down in North Minneapolis in April of 2009.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.
No arrests have been made in this incident.