Wednesday, January 09, 2008
LisaRaye and Ray McCoy
There's this great book out called "Daughters of Men" by Rachel Vassell. It's full of portraits of African American women and their dads. Sanaa Lathan and her dad are in it, Meagan Good and her dad, Tischa Campbell and her dad, you get the picture. Anyway, one of the portraits is of LisaRaye and her father David Ray McCoy, and though she looks really pretty on her picture LisaRaye also looks really sad and old heads from Chicago know why. In 1988 LisaRaye's pops was found shot and killed in the back seat of his Cadillac in a Southside Chicago alley, LisaRaye was 22 years old at the time. Ray McCoy, a savvy Southside millionaire, owned a string of motels and nightclubs and loaned money to hundreds of people who wanted to start their own businesses. The mystery of Ray's murder gripped the city. But as it turned out Ray, who at age 52 was a paraplegic, was killed by his 32 year old live-in girlfriend and her 20 year old brother after they got into an argument over a high electric bill and who should rake the leaves.