Lloyd Avery II AKA Blood Who Shot Ricky in ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Was Gang Member in Real Life - Inside His Tragic Death
Lloyd Avery II was famous for his role in the 1991 movie "Boyz N the Hood." He mirrored the gangster lifestyle he portrayed in the film and died in tragic circumstances in real life.
The 1991 movie "Boyz N the Hood" is one of the famous Hollywood films. It starred Ice Cube, Regina King, Lawrence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and many other big names.
It also starred Lloyd Avery II, who played a minor role in the movie. Avery appeared in just four scenes and had about eight lines of dialogue in the film. However, his actions in the film meant that he had a lasting impact.
Avery's character was listed in the film's credits as Knucklehead #2. However, fans remember him as the "Blood who shot Ricky." In a movie scene, Avery's character emerged from a red Hyundai car, holding a shotgun.
He eventually shot Ricky Baker, portrayed by Morris Chestnut. Blood who shot Ricky was eventually killed in retaliation for the former's murder.
Other movies Avery starred in include "Poetic Justice," "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood," "Lockdown," and "Focus."
"Boyz N the Hood" turned out to be a very successful movie and was even nominated at the Oscars. It also catapulted the careers of the movie director John Singleton and its stars, Bassett, Ice Cube, Chestnut, King, Nia Long, and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Avery's life also changed as a result of his minor role in the film. However, he only got a rep. Soon after the film's release, he moved into the jungle, a Bloods-affiliated neighborhood in South Los Angeles.
It was said that Avery had connections with the Black P-Stone set and often wore red, matching it with Chuck Taylors and Khakis.
He was so into the street life that he had a tattoo of the word "JUNGLEZ" above his left eyebrow. With this lifestyle, Avery, who portrayed the Blood who shot Ricky, had become "The Blood Who Shot Ricky."
Avery became involved in a series of misdemeanors. He was dismissed from a movie for accidentally breaking into a prison and almost fired from another film after threatening to kill the director.
The manner of Avery's death was sad and pointless, especially as he was serving a life imprisonment sentence.
Avery left his apartment, where he had lived for a long time, to stay with four surfer brothers he recently met. However, the arrangement ended after he maced his roommate's mom. He also maced Julie Brown, a former MTV VJ Downtown, at a nightclub.
Besides macing people, Avery also stole bikes and cars and possessed a gun, which a witness said he wielded during an argument on the Venice Beach boardwalk.
Despite his violent tendencies, Avery seemed to have another side. He started going to church, though he never went inside the building. His aunt, Carol, recalled him getting dressed up to go to church and leaving before the day's lesson. He also walked around the grounds.
She believed Avery was struggling, and the devil was pulling at him to stop him from hearing the lesson. However, Avery knew his past was catching up with him.
All the while, he had been harboring a secret. Police reports revealed he shot two people on July 1, 1999. At about 4 pm on the said day, Avery walked up to Annette Lewis and Percy Branch.
The pair was sitting under a tree near Santa Barbara Plaza when Avery approached them, and an argument ensued over drugs. Afterward, Avery pulled out a pistol and shot Lewis before pointing the gun at Branch.
Lewis died later on that day, while Branch died three weeks after the shooting. However, despite killing two people, Avery did not hide. He appeared in two more movies while on the run and pursued his acting career until his arrest on December 8, 1999.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001. While in prison, he became a new man. He turned into a devout Christian and was nicknamed Baby Jesus. However, he died in tragic circumstances on September 4, 2005, while serving his sentence.
Avery's cellmate murdered him cruelly. However, it was not until after 11 inmate counts that the guards notice Avery was missing.
The cellmate also performed a satanic ritual on Avery's body by lying it in the middle of a pentagram drawn in his blood. This was finally noticed after a while.
The manner of Avery's death was sad and pointless, especially as he was serving a life imprisonment sentence. Some people may see it as justice for his deeds, but it was still not a good way to die.
The story of Avery's death also showed the ineptitude of the guards at Pelican Bay Prison in Del Norte County, California, where he was serving his life sentence.
Avery's life could have turned out differently. Most of the stars from "Boyz N the Hood" ended up having great careers. That could have been his lot too, but fall to a gangster life took him to his grave.
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