Before Feb. 28, Prince Guru was an aspiring rapper and expectant father who wore high-end Lacoste shirts and Ralph Lauren boat shoes and read New Thought spiritualist Eckhart Tolle, according to his social media accounts.
He glorified money and top-shelf vodka, advocated a healthy diet and thought smoking weed was good for you, the websites show.
Posts show an interest in Africa, black history, civil rights and current events. A photo shows a “Truth” tattoo on the side of his neck and one of a rose made of cash above his mother’s name, Charmaine.
Today, 25-year-old Eriese Tisdale — who social media friends, including one who referenced a murder charge, and a local business acquaintance say is Prince Guru — is in a Martin County jail accused of killing St. Lucie County sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Morales.
Without information from his family or the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, who have declined to comment or release information about Tisdale, social media are the only outlets painting a picture of a man known in that world as “Guru.”
Guru used social media — YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and MySpace — to promote his music. He often posted comments about how hard he worked making music and money as part of rap trio Team J Town, named for his former hometown of Jupiter even though he was born in East Orange, N.J.
Except for music videos in which others brandished guns, no photos or references to weapons, law enforcement or drugs besides marijuana could be found on his social media pages.
Port St. Lucie graphic designer Chris Sapp, 23, worked with Guru in August to produce a brochure to launch his solo career. Sapp said he showed up with his dreadlocks tied back and his hands behind his back before reaching out to shake Sapp’s hand. He said Guru paid on time and with a tip.
“Not all the people who come in are that nice,” Sapp said.
Seven minutes before the offense time listed on Tisdale’s arrest report, Guru posted on Facebook about black history: “African Americans are not (given) the credit for inventing and building the foundation in which this country and the modern world in general exist.”
Two new Facebook posts appeared on his profile Wednesday. Martin County sheriff’s spokeswoman Christine Weiss said the only way a prisoner could post would be via telephone to someone with access to his passwords.
“NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER!!!” was posted in the morning and “Head Held High You Shall Hear The Truth... #Guru” was posted at night.
His social media pages don’t explain why Guru might be in the situation he is today, but at least they give a glimpse into his previous thoughts about:
Instagram photos show him editing music on a Cubase Studio 5 computer program.
His YouTube videos include “My Hood,” about his love of living in a Jupiter project despite the struggles; “Grind Time,” about working hard making music and money; “Fresh to Death,” in which the rappers are in a parking lot surrounded by cars and people dancing; and “Fruity High,” a solo song about smoking marijuana.
He admits to being a “pothead,” but defends it on Facebook and references a Twitter hashtag: “Weed is the CURE to every illness even Cancer ... if used correct, to send signals of peace and (relaxation) to the inner organs.. ask a (rastaman) #healingoftheNATION.”
An Instagram photo, bearing a “Breakfast of a champion!!” caption, was of a blunt leaning against a Tropicana orange juice bottle with Kait Parker reporting the weather on WPTV in the background.
He referenced hashtags of #pothead #kush and #highlife in other photos and referenced Bob Marley, a Jamaican musician known for smoking marijuana.
One of the many Instagram photos of Cîroc and Grey Goose vodka bottles had the caption “Cheers for Friday!! Have fun, be grateful for life....”
Instagram photos show $20 bills on top of notebooks and a $100 bill with the caption “I wanted to go to Heaven, but I love the ‘root of all evil’... #winning #cash #grind #bread #bandz #ipaytaxes.”
On Facebook he said, “I wanna dive into a pool of money like we did as kids in the lil colorful ball pin thingy at McDonalds!!! #random.”
BECOMING A FATHER
An Instagram photo captioned “Daddy Life” shows baby items and on Facebook he said, “I am sooo happy and bless, cant wait to see my UNBORN.. I thank my (baby’s mother) for puttin up wit me.. now its time to raise a KING/QUEEN... (sidenote) F*** WHAT YA FB FRIENDS AND FAMILY GOT TO SAY, HAVE DEM BABIES!!” A Facebook friend congratulated him and said he was going to be “a great dad.”
“TATTOOS are one of the only things you take to the GRAVE,” he says on Facebook. “Having tattoos doesn’t make someone a delinquent or a thug....(it’s) art people! Art is about self expression and creativity. Some people hang their art...we wear ours!”
Instagram photos show Gucci and Lacoste stores and him in Lacoste shirts — one was captioned “Lacoste Model.” A photo of shoes