Steven T. Hollis III and Juan L. Flythe, who may be part of the Blood gang, remain in prison after allegedly stabbing and stomping their friend Steven Parrish to death after finding “gay” text messages on his phone.
Enraged by their findings, Hollis and Flythe – 18 and 17, respectively – followed 18-year old Parrish into the woods and murdered him, say investigators…
A neighbor told police that Parrish left his parents’ home with another young man and walked toward the woods. About a minute later, the witness and other neighbors heard someone yelling and pleading, “Stop! Why are you doing this to me? I didn’t do anything!” according to court documents.
Investigators discovered that the victim was a member of a subset of the Bloods gang known as the Family Swans.
On the day before Parrish’s death, several members of the gang met at his home, according to charging documents. There, Hollis and Flythe discussed finding what they believed to be “gay” text messages on Parrish’s cell phone.
Angered by the messages and a photograph they found, they worried that their Bloods group would appear weak to others if word got out that they had a gay member, according to court records.
“As a result, they decided that Steven Parrish ‘had to go,’” police wrote in charging documents. “There was no date or time discussed for the killing, but it was made very clear to all those present that Parrish was going to be killed.”
Flythe later told his fellow gang members that he and Hollis confronted Parrish, who did not deny that the messages were “gay” in nature, according to court records. Flythe also told his associates that they stabbed and hit the victim before stomping on his neck, according to charging documents. A red bandanna was placed over Parrish’s face and he was left in the woods.
Despite the alleged admission, Hollis’ attorney claims his client’s simply being made into a “scapegoat.”