(Ben Yakas) A Staten Island man was fatally shot yesterday, allegedly after he bragged about a $125K stop-and-frisk case settlement. Kenrick Gray, 34, was fatally shot in the head around 6:15 p.m. last night in Stapleton in what police are calling a botched robbery. A second victim, 41-year-old Noland Whistleton, was shot in the leg, and also killed.
Gray was falsely stopped-and-frisked and arrested by NYPD officer Michael Daragjati in April 2011. Daragjati, who was also caught on tape boasting that he had "fried another n----," was eventually sentenced to 57 months in jail. Gray, who had 22 prior arrests, mostly for drugs, received a $132,500 settlement, and sources tell the Post that is why he was targeted.
"Mr. Gray recently made known throughout hood that he received the windfall and that very foolish boast did cost him his life," their source said. "He has been running his mouth about getting the settlement and apparently the assailant caught wind of that and tried to rob him. There was a struggle and he was shot." Darren Brown, 27, has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting, but no charges have been filed yet.
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