Derrick Banner Montavious Berry

The suspect in the murder of a 26-year-old male-to-transgender agreed to meet him for sex, according to a search warrant obtained by WNCN.

Derrick Lee Banner (pictured left), of Lenoir, North Carolina, was found dead in a car in the 1400 block of Rosetta Street around 3 a.m. on Charlotte's West Side on Tuesday.

Police in Mecklenburg County arrested 18-year-old Montavious Sanchez Berry and charged him with the murder of Banner.

Berry was also charged with armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

According to the arrest warrant, Banner contacted the teenager by text message and asked him to meet up for sex. Berry was the last person Banner texted before he died.

Banner reportedly asked a friend to drive from Lenoir to Charlotte to meet with Berry during Hurricane Irma. The friend, who went by the name "Tooker", said he hid in the trunk of the car because Berry told Banner to come alone.

Both Banner and Tooker were undergoing hormone treatments to become more feminized. Banner was known to friends as "Derricka, aka Ms. Bow Wow".

Derricks Banner

Tooker says after arriving in Charlotte, Berry got into the car and they drove around Charlotte for an hour. At some point they parked on a street in a quiet residential neighborhood to have sex.

Tooker says he heard the moment Berry shot Banner in the car.

“I heard him say, ‘don’t point it at me like that, don’t point it at me like that’,” Tooker says. “Seconds after that I heard two gunshots.”

Tooker told police Banner popped the trunk open, and the suspect had fled on foot. Tooker said he performed resuscitation efforts on Banner.

“By the time the police got there I just could tell that he wasn’t alive,” Tooker says.

Derricka Banner Jo Banner During a search of the vehicle, police recovered Banner's cell phone which contained a video of Banner and Berry “engaged in sexual activity" about 30 minutes before Banner was killed.

It isn't clear who recorded the video or if Berry knew he was being recorded.

Police arrested Berry late Tuesday night at his home on Dundeen Street.

Police searched Berry's home and found a cell phone that matched the number that Banner had been texting before he died.

Police say Banner and Berry knew each other and had met on previous occasions for sex.

Tooker believes Berry killed Banner because he was transphobic and in denial about his personal sexual proclivities.

“He’s a coward, he doesn’t know who he is,” Tooker says. “He tried something, didn’t like it, and couldn’t live with it.”

Banner's grandmother, Jo Banner, still mourns his loss.

“He didn’t deserve what he got,” Jo Banner says. “But he’s dead and he’s gone. And I loved him. He was my baby.”

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    This is one big sinful mess.
    Yeah, I said it.

  • Ni Ni

    Banner’s cell phone which contained a video of Banner and Berry “engaged in sexual activity” about 30 minutes before Banner was killed.
    _________________________
    And there it is ! Don't nobody want to be recorded having sex, especially when you already sneaking. I bet that dude found the phone.

  • Renee26

    He didn't take it though or delete the video...I don't think that was the motive

  • Blaque Mahogany

    “He’s a coward, he doesn’t know who he is,” Tooker says. “He tried something, didn’t like it, and couldn’t live with it.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Nah, I don't think that's what it is. I mean if they did it more than once, he apparently liked it.

    If you have to have a friend hide in the trunk when you are going to meet someone you either: 1) fear for your safety and you don't need to go; or 2) you and your friend are up to some shyt. I wonder which it was...

    Also it's interesting that Tooker refers to the murder victim as a "he, but if I did it. Smh.

  • Renee26

    Well he'll be in prison free to get all the buns he wants now

  • the guest

    I'm convinced there are many heterosexual men who think of female impersonators as "another type of woman".

    This is too common where men who are/live as/identify as heterosexual are having affairs with female impersonators and killing them for fear of being exposed as gay which is actually what they are.

    These men need to stop lying to heterosexual women and they need to stop lying to and killing female impersonators. This is getting out of hand and becoming an epidemic.

  • the guest

    Derrika's not even trying to really pass for female, he just has an effeminate male appearance. So these so called straight men are straight up into men.

  • Karen Beasley

    lol

  • MookieFly

    Bam! I knew it! That one hefa here said they were trying to rob him poor poor Montavious. Tuh. They had an ongoing fcukfest.

  • the guest

    Racial profiling resulting in disproportionate incarceration of black males and the prison system has destroyed generations of black men and for generations to come.

    Black men have been/are being indoctrinated into a lifestyle of homosexuality in prison. They are released and still sleep with men secretly.

    They absolutely target and indoctrinate and convert other heterosexual black males into homosexuality and the cycle continues for generations.

    I don't have the answer but I know that heterosexual black women who prefer black men, of child bearing age, and have yet to marry are in a difficult place.

    Also this problem is not limited to black men. Heterosexual white men are also down low predators of young black men. So there's also no guarantees in sisters marrying outside of their race.

  • MookieFly

    True. If that was reason for the killing, he would have made sure all traces of the meet ups were gone. Or as an 18 year old he could just be dumb. All we know is that they been fluckin.

  • Renee26

    <<< giggles

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Again, not that this human deserved to die. But i question motives on the part of the victim and the friend. Why would you ride in a trunk of a car, for more than an hour...during a major storm, that has the entire nation on alert...and WHO video taped the sexual encounter? and why? I suspect robbery and extortion where the motives.

  • Phillybruh

    You would be surprised at who allows themselves to be recorded.

  • Renee26

    That's another thing...they been hooking up so why'd he kill him this time?? He'll probably never tell his motive behind killing that man

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I wish I could upvote this multiple times.

  • 2telldatruth

    Why would he take a phone which can track it back to him....and who doesn't know video on computers and cell phones can NEVER be deleted? He just went home and waited for police to come. Some men are willing to kill at the thought of being exposed. He'd rather go to jail for killing a transgender than live a life being seen as a gay man.

    Look at Markeith Rivers who was exposing and blackmailing DL men. He was shot by one of the men who was exposed but the video was already out there.

  • Phillybruh

    He likely held it while he was getting head.

  • JV

    True, but in a case like this it sounds like extortion to me.

  • 2telldatruth

    Yep it's going to be interesting to learn who had the gun(s). Yep, Derrick (victim) called him up for sex and he had somebody hiding in the trunk.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    He'd rather go to jail for killing a transgender than live a life being seen as a gay man.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I don't follow your logic or his. 1) He still got exposed...on a grander scale at that. 2) He is still living his life as a g.y man. He's in jail not the grave.

  • pecancandy

    How is Tooker pronounced. Like took her?

  • 2telldatruth

    He would rather go to jail for being a murderer than live in these streets as being exposed by a transgender. The majority of the inmates in prison will respect him for killing the transgender man. The gay part won't matter much, just the fact he murdered someone. Remember most men in prison are on the DL anyway so they will definitely understand his rationale.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Why would he need someone to hide in the trunk if they already hooked up several times? Somebodies lying and it's not the murderer. Something went terribly wrong and the end result was negative.

  • 2telldatruth

    Rhymes with hooker.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    That's a big thing now since folks on social media trying to make it look cool just.

  • Boogie79

    I was confused as well, had to reread it. Banner asked Tooker to drive him to Charlotte. Why Tooker got in the trunk instead of just getting dropped off somewhere is the question I had also.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Or the friend in the trunk could have been recording who knows I'd like to her the accused side because I feel if the recording was a issue if he knew about the recording he would have most likely took the phone ?

  • GuestSTAR

    Transgender? Dude wasn’t even trying to look
    like a woman. All he did was throw on some nails, gloss and a wife beater.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I told y'all the other day that this was all about sex and filming a downlow dude in order to probably load it onto a sex site. That's what a lot of these trannies are doing these days.

    The fact is, there really was no reason for that queen to be hiding in a trunk unless they were planning on something slick because these two already had been together before.

    You sure you want a thug in your life?

  • hottlanta

    Just because you are married doesn't mean you are safe. A lot of black men marry women and sleep with men secretly. That is where the phrase DL, DownLow cam from because the man was living in 2 worlds. A lot of black men have been indoctrinated into a lifestyle of homosexuality because they were raped when they were young by a family member and they have never been to jail in their life. A lot of black men are now being brave to speak on them being raped as a child.

  • pecancandy

    Thanks

  • KcoolMuziq

    Sounds like U already have had one.

  • You Could Never

    RIP.

    Charlotte. The ground zero of folks hiding in damn TRUNKS (Rae Carruth) STOP this shit.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I've had more than one, sweetie. And I've had my share of harrowing experiences with them all.

    We're supposed to get wiser with time. Life is short, why make it shorter by linking up with men who can't better your life?

    A relationship is supposed to be about love, affection, caring, sharing, and uniting. Not about prison visits, commissary and wondering if your car is gonna be there when you wake up in the morning.

    By the way, I know you were trying to be shady hun but I'll give you a pass this morning.

  • Phillybruh

    Extortion of what, what did he have of value worth extorting he was a 19 yr old who still lived at home who got sucked off by trannies in parked cars. What were they after?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Well luckily U still alive and well to talk about it. Some aren't so lucky.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    reputation was on the line....if they had previous encounters, the victim didn't bring the friend because of fear. there were possibly other motives. And im sorry people of ill intent, don't always consider or access what a person "APPEARS" to have.

  • the guest

    Thank you. God bless you.

  • Phillybruh

    What reputation, he was meeting trannies offline and either he held the phone and filmed himself getting head, because I'm not sure how the friend in the trunk films that.

  • the guest

    Good Lord. LOL

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    exactly my point. The person was not in the trunk because the victim was fearful of the accused.

  • freelancepimp .

    This story doesn't pass the smell test but I something tells me this shooter in question won't be able to afford a lawyer and his side will never be heard. I understand there is no excuse for taking a life (in a non-threatening situation,) but when it comes to the law and sentencing there's a difference in shooting someone who is exploiting you vs shooting someone with the intent to rob them.

  • the guest

    The murderer just might have a self defense case if the two female impersonators were trying to rob and extort him.

  • dontgetblocked

    Hiding in the trunk? There's more to this story. Sorry, but some sort of niggatry was going on. He got them before he got got. That's the hood down low/tranny life.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    So you think because he appears a little thuggy, he doesn't have a reputation he was willing to protect at all means? unfortunately, ALL of the black community is not evolved. the accused has a mother, a family, and other's who may not know or be accepting. WHy do you think there are so many downlow brothers.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    have you seen the tape?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Thanks.

    We all just have to know when something isn't good for you and just leave it alone

  • Phillybruh

    I have been in a car and I know unless its a whole in the back seat or its completely down your not shooting movies from the trunk.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Definitely not.

    Its all fun and giggles til things go really sideways.

    You just don't know what some of these random guys are capable of.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    motivated by fear or greed. It's sooooooooooooo sad

  • Phillybruh

    He appears to be a chubby black guy with dreads, there is nothing thuggy about that mugshot. Coming from someone who lost a nephew to murder I could give too sh*ts about the accuser's family, they created that mess. And to answer your question. I don't think the number of down low men is at an all time high, like some would like to believe.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    ok

  • Peter Piper ATL

    This won't be a death penalty or even second degree murder case. If he didn't make any statement, this is probably a manslaughter conviction--at best.

    And a good lawyer, or even a fairly efficient public defender, could destroy this case. If they had had sex before, then that effectively kills the hate crime angle.

    He could say he realized he was being filmed and exploited and reacted out of fear and passion. He could even say he feared he was gonna be raped or even robbed.

    The trunk tranny seems to be offering a version of the story that leaves unanswered questions that a jury may have trouble with.

    I don't see this going to trial. He'll probably get a 6 year plea deal.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Most don't have common sense to walk away.

  • Trey

    demonic

  • Phillybruh

    He was using an illegal handgun that's automatic years. manslaughter 15 years max.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Your faux black racist ass getting to comfortable in here. You can fool the others into thinking you're a black woman. Your ignorant disgusting Dump supporting ass not fooling me. I remember your old screen name and how you carried on in here eons ago. I don't forget shit. Most of your comments have a racist undertone to them. Especially when the subject involves black men. You are trash.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Been peeped game

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Sis what's the real reason you were in the trunk? You can't be filming people without there consent ?????

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Trunk tranny!!!! I hollered ????

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    With as many good looking black women as there are out there, I dont understand why a man wants to be with a dude who "looks like" a woman. Just seems weird and twisted to me.

  • kennedy220

    it's not uncommon in that world for sex workers or trans to have a friend hide out. at least the workers and drag/trans i've known and spent time filming sometimes believe that having someone hide out the house or trunk for the matter will help if something like this arises....of course neither of us know in this situation..i'm just saying it's not uncommon

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Because they like d.ck....

  • Kimberly King

    IDK why the friend was hiding in the trunk if the victim was familiar with the guy. According to the write up they've had sex before.. I think they were trying to set homie up and it backfired.

  • kennedy220

    cause that look like he had decided just that very day he was starting the process.of going trans..forgive me

  • Kimberly King

    Exactly. So to soothe their souls and deflect "guilt" for being homo, they go after chicks with sticks!!

  • Ni Ni

    I see your point.

  • Ni Ni

    Oh

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Not about prison visits, commissary and wondering if your car is gonna be there when you wake up in the morning.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ROFL!
    I
    Can
    Not.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Just keep in mind that North Carolina is a Stand Your Ground state. Even people who acquired guns illegally don't usually end up with the truck load if its determined they were defending themselves from imminent threat and danger when they fired the shots.

    This has to play out through discovery and negotiation but don't be surprised if he gets a lot less time than you might imagine.

    The sticking point: the hiding in the trunk. To the average person, this sounds more like a plot. OR, it sounds like the tranny had done something to the guy--like uploaded video of previous sex with him to the Internet--and expected him to be upset. If so, there's a potential mitigating factor.

    This is not at all cut and dry, it seems.

  • thaye

    Me too...

  • Karen Brady

    Aww on behalf of all the millions of other good looking black women out there, thank you :-).. lol.. Now you know why. And remember, half the time they don't even look like women. Just look at Derricka.

  • Karen Brady

    Did you say sis?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Not to appear as if I'm not sympathetic to the departed or the trunk tranny, but this doesn't make any sense. If its a robbery, how come he didn't just take the car too? That way, he could have taken his time to take whatever he wanted out of the car--or wipe off fingerprints.

    The fact that they had an hour to just drive around proves that he would have had time to do whatever he wanted before the victim and the car turned up missing.

    And criminals that do this in a premeditated manner tend to do more than just run away from a car. They will drive it somewhere and try and make it look like a random robbery.

    And I don't think an armed man who'd just killed somebody is gonna run from a presumably unarmed, probably screaming tranny emerging from a car trunk. More than likely, trunk tranny would have got it too, had this happened the way trunk tranny claims it did.

    Too many unexplained oddities here.

  • Karen Brady

    He said it on Friday and had me choking on some fruit. We were crying.

  • Karen Brady

    What?! I had no idea.. thank you. NOT cool at all.

  • Karen Brady

    The car part is what got me.

  • Karen Brady

    And don't forget the 'a' on his name.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Every time Sandra posts these sorts of stories, I feel like I need to remind y'all of how dangerous some of these men are out here. We're all grown folks so I'm not trying to preach to anybody. But don't let loneliness or desire push you into the danger zone.

    A man will tell you anything to get between your legs, or get what's in your pocketbock. If somebody plans to really use or hurt you, then they need to get that trust from you. Make you feel comfortable.

    A man who is living life as a thug is doing so for a reason. He has committed himself to a lifestlye that is probably gonna end up with jail or the undertaker, and he'll take your ass with him if you let him.

    You want a man to make you feel safe and secure? Then find a man who has stocks, bonds, investments, real estate, and a fat ass bank account so that you don't have to always leave the tip AFTER you finish eating at a restaurant where food is served on Styrofoam plates.

    Just use your head. Trust those instincts. DO NOT IGNORE signs. Be smart and safe and ask questions. And if the answers don't make sense, let that negro know it so that way he doesn't assume you're a fool for the taking.

  • Phillybruh

    Or it could be as simple as it sounds. See, if he knew about the previous video being filmed on a phone and didn't care, he engaged in sex with him again before killing him so that mitigating factor kind of goes out of the window.

  • Phillybruh

    Maybe Trunk tranny was quiet so she didn't get it too.

  • Dowoop

    It just learned how to disguise the hate in the comment better.

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Even the friend referred to him as "he." "I just knew HE was dead." they know the truth. I want to be rich and problem free, but I'm not, no matter how much I claim it.

  • Carrington

    This makes a whole lot of no sense...

  • NeverSurprised

    I don't believe Tooker's story AT ALL.

    First, he claims he was in the trunk, heard gunfire, then popped open the trunk. If he thought his friend had just been shot, he would have feared for his OWN life as well and would have stayed hidden for a longer period of time. Why jump out and risk being shot as well?

    And this whole business of blaming the killing on transphobia. Ridiculous. They had been together on multiple occasions, so why suddenly become "transphobic."

    We have ONE person's story and that is Tooker, and nothing he has said so far is plausible.

    As Adrian Monk would say, "Here's what happened":

    They were BOTH in the car with Montavious. All three were engaged in sex. When Tooker began to film them, Montavious probably got angry and pulled out a gun. OR, while Montavious was disconcerted by the sex act, Tooker may have attempted to rob him (could have used a knife rather than a gun) and Montavious overtook the two of them and shot Derrick.

    What if Tooker than ran away, then came back to the scene after Montaviouswas gone and fabricated the trunk story. There are several scenarios that make more senseless than Tooker's current story.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Dude snapped when he realized he was being recorded.

  • shun king

    gays like gays homos like homos

  • nick c

    I live only a few minutes from Lenoir and they are not covering this at all.

  • chris

    Women ignore too many signs. It's plenty of straight men in these streets but women go for the guy in the skinny jeans and the bow tie.

    Look at gabby. Her man wearing a floral one piece and she completely ok with that. Does clothes make a man gay? Nope, but they dam sure should be seen as a warning.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Yea sis??????

  • Tay Gee

    Well, well, well... I think it's interesting that this was not their first encounter. A lot of people jumped to conclusions in the last post in regards to why the killing happened. He was more than aware that Derricka was trans and had no problem with it before.

    I can believe "Tookers" account that maybe, just maybe Berry did allow Derricka to put him in a compromising "position" and record it. but after the fact, he was embarrassed and wanted the video deleted . If they had recorded the sexual events before, it's safe to believe that would have done it again.

    Regardless of what happened, no one deserved to die. #justmythoughts

  • Karen Brady

    First, he claims he was in the trunk, heard gunfire, then the victim popped open the trunk. If he thought his friend had just been shot, he would have feared for his OWN life as well and would have stayed hidden for a longer period of time. Why jump out and risk being shot as well? My thoughts exactly. NO sense.

  • Karen Brady

    LOL.. now here's something you don't see everyday "probably screaming tranny emerging from a car trunk". LMAOO

  • Karen Brady

    teee heee I thought that's what you said :-)

  • LeXx

    OK i read this story a good 4 times, and maybe i missed it bc its MONDAY but are we gonna address Tooker being in the trunk the whole time?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Perhaps. But something in the milk ain't clean. (R.I.P. Granny).

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Screaming, greasy wig flying, arms flailing....the whole 9 yards honey

  • the guest

    Agreed 100%.
    Why is Dwade wearing floral skinny pant? Gabby is so wrong for how she dresses her husband.

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    Yes, I smell blackmail in that story. Why would someone be hiding in the boot of a car? And taking video footage? And it is true if they met up multiple times before, what reason would he have to kill the trans?

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    Lol! Yeah, something isn't right there.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    "It isn’t clear who recorded the video or if Berry knew he was being recorded."

    There's only one sexual position where someone can record you and you might not be aware of it.... that's doggy style. If the shooter was getting "popped" from behind by the drag queen, he may not have seen the victim recording their activities.

    If the video was recorded from the trunk of the car, most of the action would be obscured by the the seats and position of their bodies.

    The article says that before Derrick was shot, he said, "don't point it at me like that. " That's an interesting choice of words. Derrick didn't say, "What are you doing? " or "Please, don't shoot me! " It sounds like Derrick wasn't surprised by the presence of the weapon.

  • the guest

    You forgot the a in Derrick's name. LOL

  • Tay Gee

    Let's assume that Tooker was in fact, in the trunk recording the sexual act.

    If the motive behind the murder would be he was being extorted, I would assume that Berry would have to had seen the video at some point during the car ride. If that's the case, he would have know Tooker was in the trunk because Derricka would have had to get the camera from Tooker at some point, right? (hope your following my scenario, lol) If my story of events lines up, Berry would have killed both of them because he would have known Tooker was in the trunk at some point.

  • KA

    There is no way anyone would not know that Derricka was originally Derrick. He must have been really early in his hormone treatment. So that alone discounts Tooker's theory that Berry was transphobic. Tooker and Derricka were trying to set Berry up. Berry figured it out and snapped.

    Tooker is trying too hard to justify why he was in the trunk. There is no excuse for being in the trunk. I think Tooker was recording. If he really was in the trunk, he got in the trunk afterward.

  • KA

    And people are overlooking the fact that the shooter just went home and was arrested at home. Didn't even try to run. Apparently he felt his actions were justified.

  • the guest

    Exactly.

  • the guest

    I can't get past his name Tooker. Any time somebody calls a friend named Tooker to go for a ride it's for no good. I believe they wanted to extort or rob the murderer.

  • the guest

    Exactly.

    The female impersonators need to find a less dangerous line of work than blackmail and extortion. These killings are becoming epidemic.

  • the guest

    Exactly. Exactly. Exactly.

  • the guest

    You are brilliant and saved lives with this comment!

  • the guest

    trunk tranny...LOL I can't!

  • the guest

    I can't stop laughing.
    This reminds me of when Sam Jackson made Beaumont hide in the trunk in Jackie Brown. That scene always makes crack up. There is never anything good from being in the trunk of a car. Tooker is a straight up liar.

  • the guest

    I just fell on the floor reading your comment. I haven't heard that word since my great grandmother. I'm shutting down my laptop. This thread has me laughing until my stomach hurts. RIP Derrik(a) but this mess is complete and utter hilarity.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Because men can't get pregnant.

  • EastCoastJ

    "Tooker" hiding in the trunk ? This is an all-around sleazey story.

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  • MocaPretty

    Montavious that name tho ugh. WTF was Tooker in the trunk if Derrick was apprehensive about dude he should never have met up with him at 3am

  • MRiGOThim

    Sooooo ole dude didn't want that tape to get out...should've thought of that when he told you he was TRANS!!!

  • NIA

    Sick.. this WORLD. This whole transgender and gay is and was designed.

    -

  • itsjismemelly

    this is crazy he will get to engage in this activity A LOT now