Grashino Yancy Death | Obituary – A 2012 Daily News Golden Gloves competitor, Grashino Yancy age 32 was fatally shot on a return visit home to Staten Island early Sunday, July 26.
Medics rushed him to Staten Island University North, but he succumbed to his injury, police said.
“He’s a professional boxer. He help everybody. He’s so nice. … My kids is gonna miss him,” said the victim’s brother, Hassan Sroura, 26. “He always helped people if you were down. If he don’t know you, he help you.”
The shooting sparked off at a neighborhood barbecue that drew over 200 people, according to neighbors.
“It was just a barbecue,” said one witness. “With all of the commotion, I heard three or four gunshots.”
Hours after the slaying, candles were lit in Yancy’s honor as party banners, table cloths and napkins from the barbecue were still strewn across the neighborhood.
As Yancy faced starting to age out of professional boxing, he looked to get involved in construction and moved to Minnesota to make a new life for himself. He was back in town for a few days to mourn the death of a family member when he was killed, according to his former coach Pat Russo.
“He was a good guy, he was a mentor to the kids,” said Russo. “He gave back, he was a neighborhood kid. He was a positive fixture in the community.”
“It’s pathetic that life has such little value today,” Russo added. “It just makes me sick what’s happening.”
“I’m asking everyone who knew him and loves him to celebrate his life with love and laughter in these heavy times,” the victim’s sister Elle Afrikan wrote on Facebook. “If you knew how light-hearted Grash really is (“is” because his energy will never die), you would understand that it’s what he would want right now.”
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Grashino Yancy’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.