Was Jonathan "Ynot" Corso Killed Because He Tried to Rob Driver?
Almost three months after 21-year-old tattoo and graffiti artist Jonathan "Ynot" Corso was killed in a strip club parking lot, the identity of the driver who mowed him down has finally been revealed -- but the new information leaves more questions than answers.
Corso's life and sudden death was the subject of a September New Times feature, "Marked for Death". His family members and friends -- including members of the graffiti crew MSG, an illegal institution in South Florida for decades -- have been clamoring for the police to press charges in his death.
According to a search warrant filed in Broward County court, the driver of the Escalade, who reversed approximately 75 feet in order to slam into Ynot and a companion, was 32-year-old Reynaldo Rodriguez. He told cops: "They tried to rob me so I ran him over."
Ynot's friend, also a graffiti artist who asked Riptide not to be identified, was injured but has recovered.
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That artist and other members of Ynot's party who were at the club have maintained that he wasn't the aggressor -- and his rap sheet shows no history of violence. "All he had ever been arrested for was graffiti," says Quake. "He had never been in a fight in his life. He wasn't a thug. He wasn't a violent criminal."
Police are reportedly still determining whether Rodriguez acted in self-defense. They've been stalling Ynot's mother, Michelle Corso-Motolla, for months, at one point telling her that they were waiting for results from the SUV's data recorder, a process that would take a couple of weeks. That was we when we were still reporting the feature -- a month or more ago.
"There's something not right going on," MSG co-founder Crome tells Riptide. And though he's powerless to get answers from the cops, you can expect Crome and other crew-members to take out their frustration in the only way they know how. "We're going to straight-up destroy Davie."
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