Monday, November 14, 2011

Stella and Ruby Harvey

On January 1, 2006, the two Black males, Ricky Javon Gray, 28, and his nephew, Ray Joseph Dandridge, 28, ruthlessly slashed the throats of Kathryn and Bryan Harvey and their two daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4.

Six days later, on Friday, January 6, these same two Black males killed Percyell Tucker, 55, his wife, Mary Baskerville Tucker, and her daughter, Ashley Baskerville, 21. The lead that led to the suspicion of Gray and Dandridge was that Ashley Baskerville had once dated one of them. Ashley Baskerville had recently gotten out of jail and was looking for work and taking classes, according to her aunts.

After the arrests, the investigation widened. Richmond police have also charged the duo with a home invasion in Chesterfield County, VA, in which there were no injuries.

A SWAT team arrested the duo in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 7, at the home of Dandridge's father, Ronald Wilson. They used pepper spray to subdue one of the men, who resisted arrest, according to Philadelphia police.

The men remained in custody Sunday in Philadelphia; an extradition hearing could be held as early as Monday.
All seven victims were found bound with tape in their homes, authorities said. The Harvey home was set on fire after the killings on New Year's Day, and the Tucker home was ransacked Friday in what police described as an apparent robbery. Robbery was given by police as the motive in both cases.
Although neither the police nor the news media has mentioned the race of the killers, a video is available at this website which shows the killers and Dandridge's father in a short interview.  

A photo of Ray Dandridge was available though the website:

On Saturday, as detectives in two states were tracking down the suspects, more than 1,400 people packed into a Richmond theater to remember the victims.

Ricky Javon Gray, believed to be from Arlington, and Ray Joseph Dandridge, both 28, were both charged Saturday in Virginia with conspiracy to commit murder and auto theft, Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe said at a news conference Saturday night, publicly connecting the two crime scenes for the first time.

Dandridge had been released from James River Correctional Center in November after serving a 10-year term for robbery and use of a firearm, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

His father, Ronald Wilson, said Dandridge had left his Philadelphia home on Christmas to visit his mother and Gray in Virginia and the two returned to Philadelphia Friday afternoon.

The two sets of vicious attacks in the span of a week cast a pall over Richmond, a city of about 200,000.

Bryan Harvey, 49, had been a fixture on the local rock music scene since the mid-'80s — most notably as guitarist and singer for the critically acclaimed duo House of Freaks, which released five albums on three labels from 1987 to 1995.

His wife, Kathryn Harvey, 39, was the half-sister of actor Steven Culp, who played Rex Van De Kamp on "Desperate Housewives." She co-owned World of Mirth, a quirky toy and novelty store in Carytown, a 12-block stretch of trendy boutiques, cafes and coffee shops just west of downtown.

The couple and their daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, were found in their basement, bound with tape and with their throats cut, authorities said.

The Harveys had invited friends for a chili party on New Year's Day. Bandmate Johnny Hott, the first to arrive, entered the unlocked front door and was engulfed in smoke. He shouted for a neighbor to call 911, and authorities discovered a fire and the bodies in the basement.

Less than a week later, in another Richmond neighborhood, the bodies of Percyell Tucker, 55; his wife, Mary Baskerville Tucker, 47; and her 21-year-old daughter, Ashley Baskerville, were found Friday, also bound with duct tape.

Friends and family said Tucker, was a forklift operator, and Mary Baskerville, worked at a nearby cleaners, the Times-Dispatch reported.

A makeshift memorial of flowers and candles had built up in Kathryn Harvey's store during the week, along with condolences scrawled on a large poster and sealed letters addressed in children's handwriting to Stella and Ruby.


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