Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Model Murderer?: Target Ad's Ray Armstrong Charged In Killing

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Philadelphia-area model Ray Armstrong has been charged with murder. If you’re anything like me the name –- or his face for that matter –- doesn’t ring a bell, but I’d recognize those abs, pecs and arms anywhere. This is the cat that was recently featured in this Target print ad campaign that prominently hung above Times Square throughout this year’s Summer Olympics.

With all due respect to the dead, something about the back story just isn’t adding up to me. It just seems to be missing some key details.

According to this very curious article, the victim, 37-year old Anthony Williams, “photographed, befriended, helped and sometimes housed” the 31-year old model. Armstrong went to the victim’s house that fateful night because his girlfriend kicked him out and he needed a place to stay. Williams turned Armstrong away and told him he wouldn’t let him live there again. Witnesses reported that Armstrong, who was high out of his mind off a blunt dipped in formaldehyde, wasn’t trying to take no for an answer, became irate and started kicking in his own car windows.

This is where the story starts to get fishy.

After initially turning him away, the victim allowed Armstrong into the house to “snap his friend back to reality.” A few minutes went by and the wet and naked model re-emerged outside, laid down on the ground and prayed until a neighbor approached him. He admitted to the neighbor that he had killed Anthony Williams. The police were called and whisked him off to jail where he currently sits awaiting his prelim trial.

**takes off specs and prepares editorial**

This SCREAMED lover’s quarrel from the moment I read the headline. PLEASE get into the storyline:

Older man befriends young, attractive model who, for drama’s sake, also happens to abuse drugs. Older man looks after said model, allows him to live with him at times and photographs him on occasion. Young, attractive model has spat with girlfriend and turns to older man for comfort and a place to rest his head. Older man initially turns young model away, but invites him in for a cold shower to “snap him back to [a sober] reality”. After several minutes of shouting, the young model comes back outside dripping wet and naked, falls to the ground and admits to killing older man.

If that doesn’t have ‘LOGO Feature Presentation’ written all over it, then I don’t know what does.

I can't really say that I'd let even my closet friends into my home after seeing them high off more than weed and kicking in windshields and shit. I'd call for help, no doubt, but as far as me offering a cold shower in my bathroom...oh, no ma'am. Maybe that's just me. What I really want to know is if the victim turned Armstrong away because he tired of being a stop on the train back to Pussytown. I'm not sayin'...I'm just sayin'.

On a serious note, this is really unforunate. Obviously, it's sad that a life was lost, but Armstrong seemed like he was well on his way. He had signed with a major agency, he had the Target print ad thing going for him and he was also pushing an exercise DVD series. Now, he’s resigned to being fresh meat on the yard. The whole murderer thing aside, you have to feel a little sorry for the guy. We all know what they do to PYTs in the clink. For his own good, he betta not drop that soap.

32 comments:

Promiscuous X said...

Dammmmm and he cute as hell too. What a waste ughhhhh

Corey Keith said...

Mmm.. He's hot.. Said friend was definately more than a friend...

Curious said...

Here is the news report they showed on him. Thought you might want to take a look. He is kind of cute for a murderer.

Darius T. Williams said...

I'm loving your editorial - lol. Hilarious! Like - for real.

But yea, this is sooo unfortunate. I bet couple's counseling would have resolved this all together.

bLaQ~n~MiLD said...

Damn. Clearly that's why I don't smoke tree. LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL!! LoL.

Sad story tho.

~Damnit!

Mr. Jones said...

X - You would notice how cute he is before condemning him for murder. A mess you are.

P.S. Check your email.

Corey - OK!!! Friend was a lover. And yes...he is cute.

Curious - That's the same article I linked you guys to. LOL. Have you seen his mugshot? He's gorgeous.

Darius - Do I speak the truth or do I speak the truth?

Drunkie - Not too much on the trees there now. The greenery does NAWT make you do this. He dipped his shit in chemicals. That's what made his pretty ass go crazy.

Anonymous said...

This is absurd. There is a lot you people don't know about the story and should stop judging people. This was not a "lover's quarrel" and Ray was not gay nor did he ever have a relationship with another man. He was a very successful guy and going big places, what happened that night was a tragedy and there is more to the story than people are saying. The truth will come out and everyone will see what truly happened that night and see Ray is not to blame here and as for Williams the papers are painting him as a saint and what they really need to do is look more into his life and see he is not the good person he is being portrayed as.

Mr. Jones said...

Anonymous - While you may be more familiar with the situation than I am, I can't help but to give it just as much credence as anything I have to say. Anonymity, unforunately, affords you no cache here.

RocaFella07 said...

DAMN!...Boy is F-I-N-E!!!

But, yeah, they were mos def having some type of relationship outside of the "professional" realm.

I smell a "The drugs made me do it!" plea.

Nonetheless, I whouldnt kick him out of bed. Can only imagine the kind of wild sex those two had!...and, thats WITHOUT the drug!

;-)

yet another black guy said...

the worst part of this story? the familiarity of it. hasn't this plot line played out many times before; this year even? sadly, neither man can change the outcome now.

stephanie said...

this is an outrage... do you honestly have anything better than to sit here and be so shallow... you have no idea how great of a man he is... and what happened was a true tragedy but god has his way and his will... and ray is a true believer of god... he IS NOT GAY and perhaps all of you should crack open a bible and get a glipse of reality... what your doing is wrong and god sees all that you say and do.. instead of praying for souls .. you chose to judge... until you walk on water and walk with god only then can i take some seriousness on this anology you've created. so in the meanwhile...have respect for the living and dead.... to all of you who have hate and hurt in your heart i say find peace... and leave ray alone... cause hes not just another brotha or just a oh so pretty face... hes a gods child ... so walk before you speak!
godbless...

Mr. Jones said...

Get over yourself, Stephanie. Seriously. If you think what was said here was mean and hateful, you should open a browser and read what the message boards are saying.

You churchies always want to wave that damn bible. You're religous fear mongering means nothing to me.

Toodles.

stephanie said...

the term, " you churchies" sums up in a nut shell how ridiculous this all sounds... i dont have to sit here and raise a bible in the air;) you honestly make me smile... perhaps if you were a bit more spiritually inclined, you would see what i said was honest ... all of what is being said here is wrong.. small theories and assumptions dont allow anyone the right to make a joke out of a serious matter... you dont have to scold those who are helpless, and as far as my part in participating in this conversation... i knew both of these men and seriously non of you have any right to even speak on their behalf .. beacause IF you did then maybe you could understand why i took the time to defend the both of them... im sorry if you cant see that... its not because im a churchie,although if that means i live with god you call me what ever you like;)...
once again ill keep you in my prayers
godbless ;)

Mr. Jones said...

While I appreciate your stopping by, Steph, I think you've more than made your point. No need to belabor it.

You're more than welcome to continue posting here, but at the end of the day, this is my blog and I choose to operate under my own rules and that's something you'll just have to deal with.

I know if I didn't like what someone had to say on their blog, I just wouldn't come back.

stephanie said...

and yet you still never had the pleasure of meeting the men you decided to write about... may i ask what is your motivation???

Mr. Jones said...

Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie....

**takes deep breath**

It's obvious that you care deeply about this and while I laud your vigor, you're spinning your wheels here, hon.

I think the victim and Mr. Armstrong would be best served if you focused your zealousness in the direction of someone to whom this is more than just a post he wrote a week ago.

To your question regarding my motivation for writing this entry. I wrote it because it's MY blog and I can write about whatever I'd like to write about. If something catches MY attention and I feel like sharing it with MY readers, then I log onto MY blog using MY username and MY password that I created, draft MY thoughts and publish what I write on MY blog.

You aren't going to get much more out of me than that.

stephanie said...

thank you...

i want you to know.. you are a beautiful person and god loves you... you just have to believe hes there with you at all times, and he will bless you...
its been my true pleasure
godbless...

love ,stephanie

Mr. Jones said...

Oh, Stephanie. You have me over here CRACKING UP in my office. You're entertaining. I can't deny you that.

stephanie said...

funny thing is... im sure ray would say the same thing as well
"The true essence of real knowledge is acknowledging your ignorance" SOCRATES "...
we all have room to grow...
peace and love..

That Dude Right There said...

Jonesy,

Why the fuck are your entertaining this religious heffa? The more you entertain them, the more you encourage them!!!

stephanie said...

haha...

Anonymous said...

Ray is an exboyfriend of mine from about 12 years ago. True, he is a nice person but I always had my concerns that he was gay.

I will continue to keep he and his family in my prayers.

stephanie said...

now thats funny... did you let him know that... cause im sure he would have something to say about it...

Anonymous said...

NO I never questioned him. I just broke it off.


By this time, it didn't matter. I wouldn't dare ask him anyway cause if u know him like u say u do, u know he has a temper.

Lets say that I did confront him with it and he said "YES" he was. Then I would have broke up with him. If he had denied it I would have broke up with him anyway. So like I said...whether I asked him or not it didn't matter.

Like u Stephanie, I am a strong christian woman who has nothing but love for EVERYONE. I have nothing against him. I will continue to pray for him.

stephanie said...

i hear you ma... and i know what you talkin about... funny thing is we talked about everything from religion and beyond and i know this was something that bothered him cause he knew he had a pretty face ... sometimes even more prettier than most guys and girls. but he would try his best to not allow anyone to make assumptions of how he looked... lets just say i know and understand... but his faith was way to strong.. and i also know how much he loved women... but i can appreciate your faith .. godbless ma

Mr. Jones said...

^^Why is this exchange taking place here?

Anonymous said...

YO DEAD ASS FUCK ALL OF U BITCH ASS PPL ON HERE TALKING SHIT. RAY IS MY COUSIN N NO HE WASNT FUCKIN HIM HE NOT GAY AT ALL. NONE OF YOU WERE THERE SO STOP FUCKIN JUDGEING HIM. DEAD ASS. WHAT HE DID ISNT RIGHT BUT THERES MORE THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO WHAT HAPPENED. RAY IS NOT A VIOLENT PERSON AT ALL SOMETHING HAD TO HAPPEN FOR THIS SHIT TO GO DOWN. SO ALL U HOMOS N THIRSTY FAT BITCHES ON HERE TALKIN SHIT KEEP IT MOVIN OR CUM TO ALLENTOWN N DEAL WIT ME ITS DEFINITLY NOT A PROBLEM.NONE OF YOU NO HIM FUCKIN DICK HEADS. AND FOR THE BITCH THT KEEP SAYING YOUR A EX GIRLFRIEND BUT UR NAME IS ANONMYOUS SHUT THE FUCK UP HE NOT GAY N I NO WHO U R..UR SONS NAME IS MARTIN OR SUM SHIT LIKE THT N IF U THOUGHT HE WAS GAY Y THE FUCK WERE U WIT HIM STOP FUCKIN TALKIN BOUT MY COUSIN N GET SUM LIVES DAMN.IF U KNEW HIM YOU WOULDN BE ABLE TO WRITE THE THINGS UR WRITIN ABOUT HIM. HE LOVES EVERYBODY BUT IF UR NOT SUPPORTING HIM PLZ JUST KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOUR SELF OR LIKE I SAID COME TO ALLENTOWN N DEAL WIT ME IF N E OF U GOTTA PROBLEM U CAN REPLY N WE CAN SET SOMETHIN UP FUCK ALL U..AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE SUPPORTING RAY IN HIS TIME OF NEED HE AS WELL AS THE REST OF MY FAMILY ARE VERY GRATEFUL.

Anonymous said...

Ok first thing first...Mr, Jones you are a trip, you had me crackin up ova here at work reading yur responses to Stepanie!lol The second thing is the guy who is related to Ray...theres really no need for you to get on here acten like an ignorant sterotypical young uneducated black man! Tru enough he may be your family and the things people wrote regarding him may have gotten underneathe your skin did you really have to respond in the manner that you did! I can somewhat understand the anger when it comes to protecting family, but it seems that you were more upset over the fact that they were assuming that Ray is a homosexual versus the main issue which is that he killed a man! Yes we all love our family and we are taught to stick up for one another but what it comes down to is whether people assume that he is gay or not really shouldnt be that thing that stands out to you the most....it should be that fact that he took upon himself to tkae another mans life that night!!!!!!

deonte' k said...

That's a shame.... never heard about this until today.

CHICKFRMJERSEY said...

IVE ONLY BEEN AROUND HIM ONCE WHILE HE WAS TAKING PICS OF A MODEL AND I SUSPECTED HE WAS GAY BUT HE KEPT TALKIN ABOUT HIS GIRLFRIEND..... SO I DONT KNO.. BUT AFTER THIS HAPPENED DEY SAID WORD AROUND TOWN WAS THAT HIM AND DUDE WAS FUCKIN SO MAYBE I WAS RIGHT BUT AS SAID BEFORE BEING GAY IS NOT THE ISSUE I DONT KNO IF DIS CASE IS OVER YET BUT I PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM INVOLVED IN THIS SITUATION DRUGS ARE A HELL OF A THING AND SOME TIMES THEY TAKE OVER U AND DO THINGS U REGRET LATER... THATS WHY PPL NEED TO STOP DOING DRUGS AND TAKIN IT SO LIGHTLY IT COULD LEAD TO MANY CRAZY THINGS IF HE KILLED HIM DEN HE DESERVES JAIL TIME .... HE NEEDS TO SIT NOT HAVE HIS FREEDOM...BUT I STILL PRAY FOR HIM THAT HE CAN FIND GOD AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS

Anonymous said...

I dated Ray for a little bit.. This is a shock to me but then again it really isnt that shocking.. I have done some reading up on the type of drug that he was on and unfortunately people on "wet" do some crazy things.. However drugs are never an excuse for murdering someone.. Ray's main goal in life was to be successful with modeling and basically become famous.. so seeing that he finally made it to a Target ad is great.. But overall this is very tragic.. I was never very clear on Ray's sexuality but that is his business and Anthony's business as well.. My condolences go out to both families involved in this situation.. Everything in life happens for a reason and unfortunately we never know what is going to be thrown at us..all we know is how much strength we have in order to make it to the next day..

Mr. Jones said...

Damn, he looks good. So tragic.

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