The father of Flatbush Zombies’ Meechy Darko was shot and killed after attacking a Miami Beach police officer this past weekend, a spokesperson for the Miami Beach Police Department tells XXL today (Jan. 13).
In a press release, it’s reported that Ryan O. Simms, who was the father of the Brooklyn rapper, stabbed Miami Beach police Officer Ricardo Castillo after Castillo and other members of the force responded to a security guard’s call from the city’s Mango’s Cafe on Saturday night (Jan. 11). In the call, they told Miami Beach police that Simms was threatening staff with a knife. After trying to engage Simms, Castillo was reportedly stabbed by the suspect before officers opened fire and killed Simms. Castillo is in the Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Reacting to the news, Meechy shared a heartfelt Instagram post directed this afternoon.
“My heart is shattered. Never ever in my life felt pain like this before On January 12th My father was Shot & Killed by Miami PD,” he wrote in one part of the post. It should be noted that Simms was reportedly killed by members of the Miami Beach Police Department rather than the Miami PD.
Meechy continues by calling attention to mental illness, which is something he appears to suggest his father was dealing with.
“I’m trying to stay strong and be tough for him,” Meechy continues. “I’m filled with so many emotions right now I don’t want to come on here for any type of sympathy I want to spread this message To Any and everyone out there dealing with Mental illness Please get help.
To Any and everyone out there that has a loved one dealing with mental illness
Please help them. It’s not an easy road but it’s one that needs to be taken.”
XXL has reached out to Meechy’s camp for further comment.
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