Scott la Rock from BDP was shot dead in New York the latest victim in the Brooklyn, Bronx street war on August 25, 1987.
Born March 2, 1962, in South Ozone Park, Queens, Scott Monroe Sterling was raised far from the grimy scene that he would later help to mold. His parents split when Scott la Rock was four, and he lived with his mother, Carolyn Morant, a career municipal employee. When Scott la Rock was young, they moved from Queens to the Morisania section of the Bronx, and then to Morris Heights. Scott la Rock excelled in both academics and sports at Our Savior Lutheran High School, graduating in 1980 and heading off to Vermont’s Castleton State College. He earned a varsity letter in basketball there, but as it became clear that his talent would never take him to the NBA, Scott switched his extracurricular focus from hoops to music.
Scott la Rock met an untimely and violent death in 1987.His friend and BDP associate Derrick "D-Nice" Jones had been threatened by some local hoods, and asked Sterling to try to help defuse the situation. Later that day, Scott la Rock, Scotty "Manager Moe" Morris, DJ McBooo, D-Nice and BDP Bodyguard Darrell, all riding in a red Jeep CJ-7 with a white fiberglass top on it, drove to the Highbridge Projects building where the offending parties lived on Morris Avenue in the South Bronx; Scott la Rock’s intention, along with the rest of the crew, was to try to defuse the situation. As they were leaving, bullets ripped through the side and top of the Jeep. Scott la Rock was hit in the neck. Critically wounded, Scott la Rock was driven in the Jeep to Lincoln Hospital which was less than a mile away. Scott la Rock was conscious and talking to the doctors as he was wheeled into the emergency room. Sterling then stated to the doctor that he was feeling cold, and tired. At first it was thought that Scott la Rock injuries were not life-threatening, and his friends saw him being wheeled away into the E.R. They went to the diner on Grand Concourse to wait while Scott la Rock underwent surgery before they came back to check on him. Unfortunately, Scott la Rock died in the operating room within one hour of being shot, leaving behind an infant son, Scott Sterling Jr. The man who shot him was arrested a few years later and brought to trial in the Bronx County Supreme Court.
KRS-One decided to continue Boogie Down Productions, crediting subsequent releases as being overseen by Scott La Rock.The Stop the Violence Movement was in large part a result of Scott la Rock murder.
Retro History for August 25 The 50s 60s 70s 80s
Retro History For The Decade 1980
1989 After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune and its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps
1988 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
1988 Heavy fire destroys historic center of Lisbon
1988 Iran and Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
1988 NASA launches space vehicle S-214
1987 Hip hop star Scott la Rock was shot dead in New York the latest victim in the Brooklyn, Bronx street war.
1987 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42
1986 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run
1985 Met Dwight Goodin becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)
1985 Pat Bradley wins LPGA National Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1985 STS-51-I scrubbed at T -9m because of an onboard computer problem
1984 French airship capsizes
1984 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1983 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark
1983 U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign $10 billion grain pact
1981 Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)
1981 Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's murderer, is sentenced to 20 years
1981 Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)
1980 "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 3486 performances
1980 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street," premieres in New York City
1980 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
Retro History For The Decade 1970
1979 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps New York City after 86 performances
1979 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
1979 Somali adopts constitution
1978 Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
1976 Harm Wiersma becomes world checker champion
1976 Yankees beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
1974 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1974 L.A. Aztecs defeat Miami Toros to win NASL cup
1973 Butch Trucks drummer of Allman Brothers, breaks leg in a car crash
1973 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1973 Guitarist Henry McCullough quits Wings
1973 Zambia adopts constitution
1970 Elton John's 1st U.S. appearance, Los Angeles
Retro History For The Decade 1960
1969 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win U.S. singles championship
1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ladies World Series of Golf
1968 New York Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches 2 2/3 innings and beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in 2nd game and homered
1967 Beatles go to Wales to study TM with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1967 Minn Twin Dean Chance 2nd no-hitter of month beats Cleveland, 2-1
1967 Paraguay accepts its constitution
1967 Train crash at Beesd, 2 die
1964 Singapore limits imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression
1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ogden Ladies' Golf Open
1963 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds and his license is suspended for one year for speeding
1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1961 Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns
1960 17th summer olympics opens in Rome
1960 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jersies
1960 Demonstrations against premier Lumumba
Retro History For The Decade 1950
1957 Prince Suvanna Phuma forms government in LAOS, with Pathet Lao
1956 To make room for Enos Slaughter, New York Yankees release Phil Rizzuto
1955 Last Soviet forces leave Austria
1954 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
1952 Det Tiger Virgil Trucks 2nd no-hitter of yr, beats Yankees, 1-0
1952 Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. commonwealth
1951 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
1950 President Truman orders army to seize control of RR to avert a strike
1950 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title
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Vintage Retro Music & Retro Pop Culture is our passion and what we LOVE. We keep it going everyday for the love of producing it for you to enjoy. Thanks for viewing. Much Peace! Scott la Rock from BDP was shot dead in New York on August 25, 1987.