Miami Beach, FL – Meechy Darko’s father Ryan Simms was reportedly shot and killed by Miami police officers on Saturday (January 11) after he stabbed an officer.

According to a press release from the Miami Beach Police Department, Miami Beach police officer Ricardo Castillo responded to a security’s call from Mango’s Cafe on Saturday night, which is located on the busy street of Ocean Drive. The staff said Simms was threatening them with a knife.

As officers approached, Simms stabbed Castillo during the confrontation. He was then shot by the other officers on the scene and rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died. Castillo was hospitalized and listed in stable condition. 

On Monday (January 13), the Flatbush Zombies rapper shared a lengthy post about the incident and confessed his entire family suffers from mental illness.

“My heart is shattered,” he begins. “Never ever in my life felt pain like this before. On January 12th My father was Shot & Killed by Miami PD. I’m trying to stay strong and be tough for him
I’m filled with so many emotions right now. I don’t want to come on here for any type of sympathy. I want to spread this message. To Any and everyone out there dealing with Mental illness.

“Please get help. To Any and everyone out there that has a loved one dealing with mental illness. Please help them. It’s not an easy road but it’s one that needs to be taken.”

He went on, “I wish there was a handbook or some type of guide for this. This has been a Battle that My Family and I have been dealing with for over a decade, suffering in silence
I used to think there was strength in that.

“Like a badge of honor or something…like I’m some kinda warrior cus I can take the burden and not ever have to say much about it. Hmmm…Wonder who I learned that super power from. I was wrong though. We was wrong. Real strength is dropping the veil.”

Meechy went on to express how much he loved his father and understood what he was battling.

Check out his post below.

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My heart is shattered. Never ever in my life felt pain like this before On January 12th My father was Shot & Killed by Miami PD I’m trying to stay strong and be tough for him I’m filled with so many emotions rightnow I don’t want to come on here for any type of sympathy I want to spread this message To Any and everyone out there dealing with Mental illness Please get help. To Any and everyone out there that has a loved one dealing with mental illness Please help them. It’s not an easy road but it’s one that needs to be taken. I wish there was a handbook or some type of guide for this This has been a Battle that My Family and I have been dealing with for over a decade, suffering in silence I used to think there was strength in that. Like a badge of honor or something…like I’m some kinda warrior cus I can take the burden and not ever have to say much about it Hmmm… Wonder who I learned that super power from I was wrong though We was wrong. Real strength is dropping the veil. I love my father. So Much. Never once was ever ashamed of him despite what may have been going through mentally or what he may have thought in his head. We Clashed about everything under the sun Then laughed about everything under the sun. He truly 1 of 1 & Would have told u that in a heartbeat ! Everything we been through was just training for my future. Thank you for preparing me For whatever lies Ahead. Rightnow. I don’t wanna Dwell on nothing that ain’t positive. We gonna save allllll the other stuff for later Got some business the handle first though We gonna bury him rightttt! Gonna make sure my guy Is Ralph Lauren Suited & Italian leather Booted Rest In Peace Ryan Simms

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