Funeral services today for man allegedly run over by 'Suge' Knight

Funeral services today for man allegedly run over by 'Suge' Knight
Terry Carter, the man allegedly hit and killed by Marion "Suge" Knight, was described by friends as a father figure in South Los Angeles who helped young men escape gang life. (California Department of Motor Vehicles)

Funeral services will be held Saturday for the man who police say was struck and killed by a pickup truck driven by rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Terry Carter, 55, died when he was struck in the parking lot outside Tam’s Burgers in Compton on Jan. 29, police said. Cle "Bone" Sloan was also hit but survived.  

Knight, 49, allegedly fled the scene after the incident but later turned himself in. Knight, who was out on bail in a robbery case at the time, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the latest case.


Funeral services for Carter are scheduled for noon at First AME Church at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Video taken outside Tam's restaurant captured the fatal incident in the parking lot.

The confrontation began when Knight and Sloan began arguing on the set of "Straight Outta Compton," a movie about the group N.W.A, said Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide Lt. John Corina. Later that day, Knight and Sloan confronted each other again in the parking lot of the burger joint, authorities said.

Knight's attorney, James E. Blatt, had previously told reporters that his client was assaulted and, while trying to get away from his attackers, accidentally ran over the two men. Blatt could not be reached for comment after the charges were filed.

Carter's cousin, Avis Ridley-Thomas, described the victim as a business associate of Knight's but added that Carter's family did not consider them friends.

She said Carter was instrumental in getting the movie filmed in Compton and that he saw the biopic as a way to improve the working-class community's unfair reputation.

"He was always trying to put Compton in a positive light and to fight all the negativity that Compton experiences," said Avis Ridley-Thomas, the wife of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Carter's friend Skipp Townsend described him as a versatile businessman known for generosity. From the second floor of his car repair shop, where he fixed low-riders, Carter ran Heavyweight Records, which drew visits from rappers such as Ice Cube and Mack 10, Townsend said.

"He was an entrepreneur," Townsend said. "He could have three or four businesses going on at one time."

Carter took in foster children, and it wasn't uncommon to run into someone who described themselves as Carter's son, he said.

"He helped a lot of people," said Townsend, who said he also knew Knight.

Townsend was shocked by the news of Carter's death. He said he had seen the two men riding in Knight's truck in Compton a few months ago.

"I just know that they definitely have a relationship and they talked," he said. "They've known each other for years."