Ché Avery is the younger brother of Lloyd Avery who was killed in prison at the age of 36. Despite coming from humble backgrounds, both Ché and his older brother fell to the streets and took to gangsterism, while the former survived the burns of the street life, the latter didn’t.
Since his older brother’s bizarre death in September 2001 while serving a life sentence for the murder of Percy Branch and Annette Lewis, authorities have not been able to solve the case.
Check Out These 10 Shocking Facts About Ché Avery
1. He Is Currently 52 Years Old
Ché Avery was the third of 5 children born on 7th October 1971 in Los Angeles, California to Lloyd Avery Sr. and Linda Avery. While growing up his father was a well-established plumber, electrician, and carpenter, and his mother was a stay-at-home mom until she secured a bank job subsequently.
Having known the importance of education, he attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills and graduated with a GPA of 3.6. Unfortunately, all that good grade was wasted because he never furthered his education.
2. Ché Fell Into Gangsterism After High School
Despite his GPA of 3.6, Llyod Avery’s younger brother preferred running on the streets to being in the classroom. A grade such as this could have earned him admission into any ivory league college in the US, but he would rather not, even when the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles offered him admission.
Hence, he formed a crew known as “Don’t Give a Fucks” (DGFs). They normally got out at night times fermenting trouble. Suddenly, he was dreaded by all that no one wants to mess with him.
To match his new status, he joined one of the notorious gangs on the other side of Slauson called “the Rollin’ 60s” From there, his life metamorphosed into that of a full-blown gangster.
3. He Started Carrying A Revolver Afte Losing Two Friends
In 1990, two of Ché Avery’s close friends were killed in gang violence. As a result of this, he became angry and began to carry with him a .22-caliber revolver, but what is the fuss all about that is the price paid for gangsterism. The piece gave him an aura of invincibility which was followed by a string of armed robberies and other related crimes.
4. Llyod Avery’s Younger Brother Renounced Gang Life
It seems the 52 year-old was quite aware of the dangers that gangsterism and how it doesn’t always end well. Therefore he had a change of heart, but that didn’t come early until was arrested and convicted of 9 felony charges of armed robbery. It was at this point that he renounced gang life right before he pleaded guilty to the charges.
Consequently, he spent more than four years at various prisons in California such as Chino, Richard J. Donovan, and Jamestown. While serving his term, he had several challenging encounters from getting robbed to being thrown in the hole.
5. He Came Out Of Prison A Changed Man in 1996
Prison life has a way of changing people either for the better or for the worst, but in his case, it was for the better. While he was still imprisoned, he became friends with one-time members of rival gangs. In addition to this his friendly disposition, he learned a couple of skills including carpentry and cabinet making, which further sharpened what he learned from his father who was in the business.
He was finally released from prison in March 1996. After his release, he promised to make his life better by finishing school, starting a business and never going back to jail again.
6. Ché and Llyod Played Different Parts in John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood
The Avery brothers shared so much in common which wasn’t only restricted to their life of crime, but even on the silver screen. While Llyod was an actor, Ché was more of a consultant. They both played this individual role in John Singleton’s 1991 movie Boyn n the Hood (1991).
Llyod played a minor role- Knucklehead, a gangster who shot Ricky Baker, a high school baseball player. On the other hand, Ché was a consultant who was credited with coming up with some of the street slang for the movie.
7. Che Avery’s Older Brother Allegedly Killed Percy Branch and Annette Lewis in July 1999
Based on Police reports, Che’s brother walked up to Annette Lewis and Percy Branch at about 4 p.m on July 1st, 1999 in the Jungle, where they were seated under a tress adjacent to Santa Barbara Plaza. The trio was said to have had a squabble over a so-called drug debt, Llyod pulled out a 45 caliber pistol and shot Lewis first before shooting Branch in the stomach. The former hours later, while the latter died 21 days later from gunshot wounds.
Five months after the murder of the pair, Che’s brother was arrested on the morning of 8th December 1999 after a hot pursuit by the police near Beverly Hills. His trial began one year after the arrest in December 2000, and after receiving a life sentence for the double murder, he began his sentence in Pelican Bay State Prison in March 2001.
8. Did Che’s Brother Kill Lewis and Branch?
When the trial of Che’s brother began, certain elements about it were unclear. Even Judge Robert J. Perry wasn’t impressed with the way the police handled the investigation. Firstly, the eyewitnesses were unreliable enough; one asked for money in exchange for testimony, while another described the shooter as a 5ft 7in and dark-skinned. While every description and finger point to Llyod Avery as the shooter, Percy Branch who died from his wounds 21 days later said he wasn’t.
9. His Brother Gave His Life to Christ Before He Arrived in Prison
Che’s big brother spent some time at the LA County Jail after his arrest in December 1999. Knowing that prison life is not what he bargained for, but it could offer him the opportunity to change, he became sober. He found respite, refuge, and salvation in Dennis Clark, the chaplain at the LA County jail.
The chaplain took notice of him and saw his willingness to learn, hence the pair became friends. Llyod began to visit Clark in his office regularly to know more about God. Everything changed in an instant. He was said to have carried his Bible every morning during his trial.
So if Che’s brother wasn’t the shooter, who was it? Identifying the shooter could have been easier for the police had they not destroyed shell castings involving Llyod from 2 previous shootings; the one at Hillcrest Avenue and the shootout at the Islamic Center. Moreover, the shell castings were said to have matched the ballistics from the double murder, but all these put question marks on what the police did.
10. His Brother Was Killed in Prison
However, a new version of Che’s brother emerged in prison. He gave his life to Christ and was even christened ‘Baby Jesus.’ Unfortunately, his life was cut short after he was killed in Pelican Bay State Prison by his cellmate, Kevin Roby, a devil worshipper known as ‘Satanic Christ’
He passed away on 4th September 2001 at the age of 36. His body was discovered two days later. To this day, the circumstances surrounding his death are yet to be unraveled. Hence, it remains unsolved.
What Happened To Ché Avery After Prison?
Three years after leaving prison, Che Avery’s life changed as he promised in 1996. Firstly, he had a son and also won a Trade Tech scholarship which came with a $2,500 gift in tools. In 2008, he moved to Augusta to start life all over, but there he came face to face with his ugly past- gang life.
In 2020 he spoke about his brother’s legacy and how it impacted his life. He said, it made him draw close to God and Jesus, as he has in his possession, Llyod Avery’s BMX bike and Bible, the same one he studied in prison.
To show just how much he reveres his late brother, he named his youngest son Llyod. He said, the name was good and didn’t want it to be lost. It is a form of remembrance.