One day before Daniel "Tekashi 6ix9ine" Hernandez is set to be sentenced for crimes he committed as a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, two of his victims are having their say.
Then-publicist Skyy "Lyfe" Daniels and her anonymous assistant wrote victim impact letters, both dated Dec. 16 but made publicly available on Tuesday (Dec. 17). They speak to the impact of the robbery on April 3, 2018, of which they were both victims, on their lives. The robbery, which was committed in the lobby of the building that houses the offices of 50 Cent's website This Is 50, was committed by a number of 6ix9ine's affiliates, including his manager Kifano "Shotti" Jordan. It was filmed by 6ix9ine himself.
You can get the inside story of the robbery, including comments from Skyy, in Complex's new in-depth examination of the event.
In her letter, Skyy backs up what she originally told Complex about the impact of the robbery on her life.
"In a nutshell, their intended target was a record label out of Houston, Texas, Rap-a-Lot Records and some of their representatives, who I later learned that there was some kind of industry/street beef between Tekashi 6ix9ine/Treyway and J. Prince Jr./Rap-a-Lot," she explains, calling the whole thing "a sad case of mistaken identity."
As for the aftereffects:
"As a result of this entire ordeal, I have suffered greatly from mental anguish and emotional distress. So traumatized by this aftermath, that over a year later, I have had a difficult time getting past the incident suffering from what we believe is post-traumatic stress disorder. To add insult to injury, he released the video of me escaping from the clutches of his thugs on social media and it went viral accumulating millions of views as the public laughed. I am a mother and grandmother first and it is so hard to describe what it feels like to survive that occurrence. Ever since, I find myself unable to do the simple things an adult should do. It’s easy for me to block out my feelings and avoid things that make me uncomfortable. I have emotional, mental and financial problems as this uncomfortable situation has left me displaced without work. I went as far as to leave Texas, hiding in the home of a close friend to avoid the watchful eyes of Tekashi69’s network."
The anonymous 33-year-old man who was Skyy's assistant that day also weighed in.
"I became a recluse. I stopped working as a publicist, I minimized the amount of time I spent in public as I was still very scared for my life. I tried going to the police but no one would take my report... For a long time I practiced putting the terrible memories away in my mind. Thinking about it is still really painful. Sometimes I just go into staring spells when I am caught thinking about what happened and not paying any attention to my surroundings. Everyday of my life I live in constant fear that someone (his goons/supporters/constituents) will be sent to finish the job. It hurts me so much."
The man, who insists that "no one, not a publicist and grandmother; Skyy, not myself, or the client was associated with [Rap-a-lot] at any capacity," ends his letter with a plea to keep his experiences in mind when the judge decides 6ix9ine's fate. "Please think about me and think about my life when you sentence this person. Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?"
In addition to Skyy and the anonymous man, it was revealed today that another one of 6ix9ine's victims will be speaking at his sentencing. A victim of a July 16, 2018 shooting in Brooklyn, which was part of an intra-Nine Trey rivalry, will have her say. She was a bystander who was struck in the foot during the incident.