8/20/2009 11:56am, #1
3 arrested in Murder of Ninja Derrick Lee
3 arrested in murder of Staten Island martial arts instructor
Three men have been arrested in the slaying of a former Staten Island martial arts instructor, according to a published report.
Lamar Watson, Joshua Stapleton and Carl Mendez are facing murder charges in the death of Derrick Lee, South Carolina news station WIS10 is reporting.
Lee, 33, was discovered Wednesday inside his mobile home on Cricket Hill Drive with multiple gunshot wounds to his head.
Deputies told WIS10 the murder was a plot -- the men were going to sell Lee's gun collection and split the money three ways.
"It would have been difficult to commit this robbery, obviously with the relationship with Mr. Lee and let him live he would obviously know who committed it," Capt. David Thomley told the station.
Lee was a third-degree black belt and ninjitsu instructor for the Staten Island Ninja Society dojo. News of his death came as a shock to his former teacher at the Elm Park dojo.
"Whoever did this caught him with his guard down," said Master Yusef Ali Abdullah, sensei at Staten Island Ninja Society in Elm Park, where Lee studied ninjitsu for nine years. "For them to get the drop on him . . . Whoever did this, they were cowards."
Lee -- who was a mechanic, a welder and a truck driver -- previously lived in New Brighton and spent time hanging out with friends in West Brighton, said a friend who spoke with the Advance
Included at the link is a video of him doing martial arts moves.
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8/20/2009 2:44pm, #2
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"Posted by stmarks165 on 08/19/09 at 9:57AM
I went to school with D. Lee and his brothers. He was a cool quiet dude, never bothered anyone. It's a Shame !!! Fry the dudes who did this to one of Staten Island Native."
He was a ninja after all.
8/20/2009 2:55pm, #3
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8/20/2009 9:02pm, #5
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Sad story. You'd think a ninja would be ready for them though.
8/22/2009 9:26pm, #6
For what? They wanted his guns so they could sell them! Greed. He died because greedy little bastards want that which they have not worked for. I hope these douches swing.SEANBABY:
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8/25/2009 3:19am, #7
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8/25/2009 6:31am, #8
Ninjas were overweight men in their late 30s, hitting the midlife crisis (and all you can eat buffets) pretty damn hard. Then they got the idea to run around in black pajamas, swinging outdated Japanese weapons in a haphazard manner (the Japanese thought it looked really cute.) They made up a super secret mysterious history for each one of their basement clans (at this time purchases of Kodansha Japanese Dictionary skyrocketed, successfully inflating their stock.)
Some went as far as putting their super secret ancient unknowable arts on youtube, but only so it can remain all super secret, Japanese-y, and ninjatabulous.
Apparently, the only thing in the world that can kill a ninja is drunken hillbillies with guns. That's like an army of pirates, it seems...
8/25/2009 6:45am, #9
If he was a Ninja, what was with the gun collection?? Surely it should have been an array of deadly edged weapons.
8/25/2009 7:26am, #10
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They were for his training partners to use against him so he could practice his ninjamagic-smokebomb-grapplinghook escape" The reason elite level MMAists don't fight with aikido is the same reason elite level swimmers don't swim with their lips." - Virus
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