Dodger Stadium attacker has teardrop tattoo, not mole
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
May 23, 2011 | 10:25 p.m.
UPDATE: May 24, 2011 – At the request of the LAPD, the mug shot of Giovanni Ramirez has been redacted so that the integrity of their scheduled witness line-up is not compromised.
UPDATE: May 25, 2011 – The mugshot of Giovanni Ramirez has been restored after the LAPD completed a witness line up.
The man described as the primary aggressor in the beating of Bryan Stow does have dominant neck tattoos, but does not have a mole on the face but rather another tattoo of a teardrop close to the outer corner of his left eye. The mug shot of Giovanni Ramirez, 31, who was arrested on Sunday, does have a resemblance to the composite sketch that was widely publicized on billboards throughout the city, but not a strong enough liking for the general public to be able to identify Ramirez.
The teardrop tattoo, which has its roots in California, is a common tattoo among black and Hispanic males that has several meanings which have evolved over time since the tattoo was first used over 50 years. Although some gang members have embraced this style of tattoo, it is extremely popular among the mainstream and hip-hop communities. For most people who wear such tattoos, it means that a loved one or very close friend has died, and the tear represents the sorrow experienced from that loss.
Rappers Lil Wayne and The Game both wear the teardrop tattoos and in 2007 former Tennessee Vols basketball player applied two teardrop tattoos on his face after his father died battling cancer.
Ramirez also has both ears pierced.
Is Giovanni Ramirez guilty of beating Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium?
- Yes he did it (28%, 66 Votes)
- Absolutely Not (28%, 65 Votes)
- I just don't know (17%, 39 Votes)
- Maybe Not (13%, 31 Votes)
- Maybe Yes (14%, 31 Votes)
Total Voters: 232
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