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This gang member wants to be a ‘shooter,’ so he killed 4 people. Now he’s headed to prison for life

A member of the Nine Trey Gangsters was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in four murders and several additional non-fatal shootings across South Hampton Roads, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to court documents, Anthony Foye, 26, of Suffolk, is a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a street gang with members in states across the East Coast that is affiliated with the United Blood Nation.

Foye and another gang member convicted of multiple murders, Nathaniel Mitchell, were trying to gain a reputation within the gang as “shooters,” federal prosecutors said.

“In furtherance of his membership in the gang, Foye murdered Al-Tariq Tynes, Vandalet Mercer, Linda Lassiter, and Wayne Davis, shot into a residence in Portsmouth, and shot several other individuals across South Hampton Roads (in 2015),” prosecutors said in a news release. “Almost none of the shooting victims had any affiliation with the Nine Trey Gangsters or any other street gang, and three of Foye’s murder victims were the parents or grandparents of young children.”

Foye pleaded guilty on Sept. 8, 2017, to four counts of murder in aid of racketeering activity.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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