GYPSY SISTERS Nettie’s stepson Rocky Stanley murdered in stabbing, was to be a dad today

Nettie Stanley stepson Rocky Huey Stanley murdered in stabbing incident

Gypsy Sisters star Nettie Stanley and her family are in our thoughts today as they mourn the loss of her stepson Huey “Rocky” Stanley, who was murdered in a stabbing incident Monday night in Kingsport, Tennessee. The altercation was in the parking lot of a local YMCA and was reportedly over a basketball game.

Rocky was the son of Nettie’s husband, Huey Stanley, and according to Nettie’s sister Mellie Stanley, the woman carrying Rocky’s child (it is unknown if they were married) is currently in labor and expected to give birth later today. (The photo above is of Rocky and Nettie’s daughter Dallas, taken in 2011.)

Alleged Huey Rocky Stanley stabber Zachary Morris Gardner mug shot photo

21-year-old Zachary Morris Gardner of Kingsport (mug shot photo above) later turned himself in and has since been charged with 1st Degree Murder.

“This is the person who took the life of such a young man last night,” Mellie wrote along with a photo of Zachary Gardner. “I hope he gets what he deserves and rots in prison.” She adds, “This is so crazy and shocking and still can’t believe Rocky is gone it’s like a bad dream.”

Mellie and a number of other family members have since changed their profile photos to this picture of Rocky:

Huey Rocky Stanley Facebook

According to online records, Zachary has a rather extensive criminal history that includes theft, gun possession, and disorderly conduct. I’ve gathered together some of his previous mug shot photos:

Zachary Morris Gardner mug shot photos for previous arrests

Here is a complete summary of what we know about the Kingsport Police Department’s investigation so far:

On 03/30/2015 at approximately 10:40 pm, 22 year old Huey Stanley Jr. of Kingsport arrived at a local hospital suffering from stab wounds. He was later pronounced dead by a hospital doctor. The Kingsport Police Department Detectives Unit responded.

The subsequent investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division revealed that Mr. Stanley had been stabbed during an altercation that occurred in the parking lot of the YMCA located at 1840 Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport.

Detectives spoke to witnesses and the suspect was identified as 21 year old Zachary Morris Gardner of Kingsport. The crime scene was processed and a knife believed to be the murder weapon was located.

On 03/31/2015 at approximately 8:30 am, Zachary Morris Gardner responded to the Kingsport Police Department and turned himself over detectives. Gardner was subsequently arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder and booked into the Kingsport City Jail.

Anyone who may have any additional information about this case is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

As of yet there doesn’t appear to be a memorial fund set up yet for Rocky and his family.

UPDATE – Click here for more photos and videos of Rocky as well as his newborn daughter. Plus, police share updates on their investigation.



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  • erb123

    isnt stanley nettie’s maiden name too though? is she married to a first or second cousin??

    • angie

      Her maiden name is Collier

      • erb123

        but isnt mellie’s last name stanley? and their mothers last name is stanley?

        • Pattipandi

          I’m sure there are a bunch of different fathers in the mix.

          • A w

            What does all these comments have to do with this poor boy dieing ^^^^ yous are all ignorent noisy assholes!!

            • cookie

              Do* dying* you* ignorant* nosy* and they’re honest questions, calm down.

            • Pattipandi

              It happens.

            • echocat12

              *ignorant

              • Pattipandi

                Also, *you all* and *dying*

            • Celeste Lawler

              If you’re going to call people ignorant you should know how to spell it. And it’s also “What DO,” not “What DOES.” MENSA’s waiting for your application. LOL!

            • Cassi

              yeah everyone, keep it down stop being so noisy.. sorry couldn’t resist..LOL

          • Nana Betty

            I’m sorry you hate yourself. I will pray for your happiness. God bless

            • Pattipandi

              No need to pray for me and clearly they have different fathers. Amen.

              • kimo-sauve

                just be sorry for the kid that lost his life .

  • Emily

    I’m so confused by their family tree!!! This is literally the most backwards family ever. Why is Dallas posing with her stepbrother like he’s the father of that baby? And Stanley is somehow Nettie’s original name because that’s Mellie’s maiden name and her mother, Lottie Stanley! So her and her husband must be related somehow. I have tried to figure this family out and it is just so confusing!! They all Marry their cousins and half siblings and step siblings!

    • me

      Nettie’s maiden name is Collier.

      • Emily

        Thank you, I didn’t know that BUT she does have biological family members with the last name Stanley, including her mother, so that’s where I get confused. And I want you guys to know that I think it’s devastating that this boy died; I’m not trying to be insensitive by questioning how people are related in this family. It’s just that with every post concerning Gypsy Sisters it’s hard not to get confused by the last names and relationships between the members. That’s all. I would just love to see a detailed family tree so I could get to the bottom of all this! Because yes, I’m nosy!

        • Cassi

          Not trying to be insensitive? yeah right, sure you’re not. Re-read what you have said and you will see you were very insesitive with that whole post.

          • Rick Liljenberg

            You’re an idiot Cassi. . suppose you’re one of them trying to defend them against something that isn’t an attack. You should reread everything you’ve commented on because your reading comprehension skill are rather poor. . so I guess it would make sense if you were one of them. . you seem just as uneducated. .

    • LaLa84

      Here’s an easy way to think of it… the tree only goes up, no branches.

    • spottedgiraffe

      This is exactly what I was about to write. are the gypsy numbers that small that they have to all marry each other? And Nettie’s daughter married a guy named Pookie(lol) Small. Their cousin Sheena is a Small. The legacy continues.

      • B

        I thought Sheena was only related to Kayla and Annie? I could be wrong but I just thought that.

      • Lydia

        I thought Sheena was only related by marriage…but it is all very confusing.

      • Cassi

        yeah cause lord knows there aren’t any ‘smalls’ in the world that are NOT related, right?? Common name., geez.

        • Michelle

          I thought this was a discussion about a murder for Christ sake….a young man lost his life and his entire family has lost someone they love so instead of bashing their lifestyle send a prayer for them and if not then don’t say anything they have been through enough.

    • DeeDeDee

      I’m pretty positive in the first few episodes of Gypsy Wedding before Gypsy Sister, they said that Dallas was her son’s baby momma, but she was staying there because her son was either doing time or working out of state. (I can’t remember).

      • farmgirl

        Dallas is Nettie’s daughter.

    • dmm1047

      I guess the name Stanley is pretty common among the gypsies. I can remember the name from the Boston area many years ago(some lived across the street from my uncle) and I’m pretty sure there are/were a bunch in Hudson, NH. I know that the name appears in the local paper from time to time and not in a good way.

      • Cassi

        Stanley is another very common name, just as ‘small’ is. But some of course want to twist it to make it sound like these people are sick and marrying family. Nothing better to do i guess.

    • Sofia A

      Where did you hear of a half sibling marriage? You have an evil mind to take an innocent photo of a brother and sister and twist it. This young man was brutally murdered. An FYI most of Britain’s royal family are related. Do some research. Seek God or get off this sight in which you use to spread hate.

      • Emil Mumino

        I hate when people are alive there a piece of shit but when they die there an angel. It Could have been self defense. Either way nobody deserves to die! I feel sorry for the family.

  • Ninny boswell

    You don’t jin anything about their family… her maiden name is collier so get your facts straight reff. Mandy is done with all Gorgies bc talk think y’all’s gunna caker poker us but yall are going to do keker such thing

    • echocat12

      Can you please translate that into English?

      • Emily

        I was thinking the same thing. I understood like 2 percent of that.

        • echocat12

          It’s a great example of where a gypsy 7th grade education will get you.

          • Tom Harlen

            I know who you are(echocat11) and you have a bad reputation your self

          • Violet Gray

            @echocat12 Where has your education gotten you? Other than mocking an entire ethnicity, based on one tv family. When MTVs Jersey Shore aired did you assume all Italians were guidos & guidettes, who partied, drank, and slept with random ppl every night? I think you need to further your education.

            • Cassi

              How very judgmental of you! Slip down off your high horse, but be careful, don’t want you to hurt yourself. Hard to type out these comments where you want to call out people for being judgmental without coming across as judgmental yourself ..huh? LMAO

              • Michael Dugan

                I don’t see an ounce of judgment in Violets comment. I think its called enlightenment. Why so argumentative Cassi ?

            • Stella Franke

              I see what your saying, its kinda racist to assume all Romanichal (gypsy) behave as the Stanley family. Therefore its wrong to trash the race rather than the family itself.

      • Pattipandi

        I believe it’s native gypsy tongue

      • Celeste Lawler

        Thank you! I didn’t want to be the one to post that. But I wanted to know what these last 2 were “talking” about. If not so pathetic, it would be laughable that the first one insinuating others are unknowledgeable, doesn’t know the difference between “their,” there” & “they’re.” She must be pregnant, because she’s missed a lot of periods there.

    • Pattipandi

      Don’t you have some Windex-ing to do? A loose toddler to catch perhaps?

      • Shuthefukup

        are you still making sex videos

        • Pattipandi

          Yes.

      • Steve Sanders

        Would you tell an Asian family you didnt approve of to go paint some nails or fire up the wok. ..i think not

        • Pattipandi

          If they were acting like uneducated idiots? Sure would.

    • spottedgiraffe

      Lmao

    • ameliaBedelia76

      woah…

    • Cassi

      Certainly NOT Ninny, doing a very poor job at trying to impersonate/imitate her too.

      • Ninny boswell

        I’m ninny BOSWELL???? full romanichal… Get your facts straight … Suv off rackley

  • Dyna

    They marry there second cousins there gypsies learn there heritage or they marry other gypsies haven’t u watched the show and paid attention but who cares anyways cuz u dissing and running ur mouths about them has nothing to do with this young boy being murdered u should be sending out prayers to his family grow up

    • BeautifulBrownBrainiac

      Whatever school system you went to……owes you an apology!!!!!!

      • jebuz

        Lol my thoughts exactly

        • Valerie R

          Your photo is Jesus …and your partaking in all this judgement ..I’m shaking my head at you

          • jebuz

            Lol think you forgot your on a gossip website..everyone passes judgement here.. Don’t like it to bad.

            • Linda Thomson

              Then remove Jesus as your photo.. hypocrite

              • jebuz

                Hypocrite… Lol your comment made me laugh. Don’t strain yourself… Jesus selfie will stay. ✌

                • Gale Richards

                  Seems to me the comment touched a nerve, more than a laugh. Just saying

                • Cassi

                  LMAO not sure Linda really knows the meaning of the word hypocrite or how it would apply here. I was laughing at that comment too.

                  • Frank

                    If one is so bold to make there profile pic of Jesus, eluding that one is ‘Jesus’ like.Then it is hypocritical to preach anything other than love, peace and tolerance without judgment.

                    • Cassi

                      No, that is your assumption of what ‘you’ think the intent of him having that picture means. Example..do the people who have pictures of animals/cartoons think they are animals or cartoons? No they don’t, its just a picture they liked. (this part is not towards you). What I find funny is when you (general you) have people calling out others for being judgmental, they don’t seem to understand that they themselves just became very judgmental. that is just funny as hell to me..LOL

                    • Frank

                      This comment made me dizzy and I’ve lost brain cells for having read it . Take it easy and go to bed .

            • Pattipandi

              I appreciate you using certain people’s lord savior as your avatar.

          • Cassi

            How judgmental of you…LOL

      • Heidi T

        Do you search and seek websites that bash The Royal family for inbreeding for hundreds of yrs.?

        • Cassi

          Inbreeding has nothing to with her comment about the school system. But more about Dynas’ post in general.

          • William Nelson

            I have a feeling it was meant for Dyna

        • kristen lowry

          Yeah sure, those acts can be found in corner of the globe, a couple of royals have nothing to do with, their families only need one excuse, a entire enthnic group and their culture is different

      • Cassi

        LMAO I agree. Talk about run on sentence, no punctuation. Shortening a three lettered word, I will never understand. Spell out words with more than 5 letters but can’t spell out you and your. lol

      • Catlaydee

        Hahahaha, beautiful comment! Love it.

    • Catlaydee

      Please,please, please learn to spell! You sound extremely ignorant. I cannot imagine anyone really takes anything you have to say seriously because you sound pitiful and stupid.

  • Real rumney

    There are rumneys all over with the same last names that have no relation!! And there are a lot on rumneys married in as well. You will never really unstand unless your a rumney your self! Some familys don’t like there kids marring in and some would rather so they don’t have to deal with other breeds!!!…like every other Heritage there are the good the bad and some you would never even know they are rumneys!!..but I will say this much it’s more then likely your children will go to school with rumneys and never know! They will be your best friend and you would never know what they are!!..there are churches fill with the most loving caring people you will ever meet! Fight yes we do but never would you hear taking a life!..fighting in groups yes because its one family against another but at the end of the day they would fight for each other!!..don’t let a few minutes of a show that’s set out for rating! Give you the idea that you know anything about our culture!

    • im2bizzy

      Rumney is not a word. You may be Romnichal. Yes, it’s a long word, but if you aren’t Romanian or Irish Traveler and you’re American, Romnichal is the classification. Rumney is ignunt.

    • kimo-sauve

      and this statement has what to do with this kid being Murdered ????

    • Lisa Voisard

      I believe they are called Romany and not Rumney I thought you were referring to the drink Rum. Bust out a dictionary before you post.

  • Savvie

    I’m sorry for your loss, Stanley family. 🙁

  • Shari Crozier

    My Sincere Symphathies To The Stanley Family For Your Loss.:(
    Secondly All Of You Talking Cutting On People For How They Talk , This Is Not The Place For That,Thank You.
    Lastly Up North Here , We Do Not Say You All, We Say you’S !

  • Erin

    A young man was murdered. Be kind….May GOD bless Huey and his entire family. Pray for him

  • Cheryl

    Every winter for many years we had a gypsy family…large of course…husbands…wives…children…aunts…uncles…children…cousins…spouses…children…etc. Supposedly they do not marry first cousins…but anyone after that…and definitely prefer they marry within gyspy families even their own. Most do driveways…roofs…They have been known to shop a lot in groups with lots of five finger discounts…a lot of the working men have bad reputations when it comes to their work ethics…a lot do not attend public schools…hence their terrible grammar like on the show. They love coming south in the winters for the warm weather and doing a few jobs. They only engage with others within the gypsy life.

    • Cassi

      Many Americans/Canadians marry their 2nd/3rd cousins too, some have even married 1st cousins. It’s not just a gypsy thing.

      • Rick Liljenberg

        Actually it’s very frowned upon in the US to marry anyone of relation. Even marrying a step sibling or ex step sibling will get you ostracized here. Your entire life will be made miserable by society. . because it’s disgusting.

        • Cassi

          I wasn’t saying that it was okay. I was saying that it happens all over the world, NOT just in the gypsy world. I would assume that it is ‘frowned’ upon by anyone who finds (knows and understands) it wrong, who knows that you don’t marry family. Sadly not everyone in the world feels it wrong, if they did it wouldn’t be happening. But again, the point i was trying to make is that its not just a gypsy thing, to many here seem to think it is.

          • Norman

            You are correct when you say ‘its not just a gypsy thing’. Many cultures and ethnicities around the world marry into their blood line, including Britain’s Royal family.

            • kristen lowry

              Yeah sure, those acts can be found in corner of the globe, a couple of royals have nothing to do with, their families only need one excuse, a entire enthnic group and their culture is different

        • Norman

          You are entitled to your own personal feeling but you are stretching when say ” your entire life will be made miserable by society”. There are countless thriving Americans who have married cousins, past and present. Including at least three U.S Presidents, Author Edgar Allen Poe and John Fitzgerald (JFKs grandfather). Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, actors Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Greta Scacchi.The list goes on, its always best to do your research.

          • Stella Franke

            This is true !!

          • Pattipandi

            Meh, you’ve named 6 people, two of whom are married and many others who’ve been dead for a long time. It’s really not that common.

            • Norman

              Read again. .” The list goes on “. What i wrote gives the gist of it. My point was, it happens. From presidents, actors to common people. You can pick it apart all you want, its truth. People frown on alot of things these days . Such as Bruce Jenner for instance, but its not gonna stop it. Let ppl do what their gonna do and worry about your self.

              • Pattipandi

                Ok so you married your cousin. Congratulations.

                • Jeff Davis

                  Wow !!! You’re a super Kunt. You clearly cant accept anyone elses opinion other than your own.

                  • Pattipandi

                    Hey “Jeff”, welcome to an old thread under a new alias. I’d rather be a kunt than engage in incest. Hillbilly.

                    • Jeff Davis

                      Meow Kitty kitty . Im actually a white gay man an only date chocolate men. Just like you I call bull shit out ! So were alot alike sister .

                    • Pattipandi

                      Purrrr…Ok. You can stay.

                • Norman

                  Why the hostility towards me ? I actually dont care one way or another what these people do. This is a discussion group, and without being rude to anyone, I simply stated its not as uncommon as you’d think. I used some well known facts, well maybe well known facts to people my age. My point to you was, we live in a world with many problems. In the grand scheme of things, this show is nothing to fret about my dear. TLC creates this garbage for ratings. I personally think TLC exploits people, especially families with children . Such as Honey Boo Boo for instance.

                  • Pattipandi

                    I tend to be more of a snarky b!tch than hostile, but I do apologize for being a d!ck. I come on these forums to basically give my opinion and make fun of the articles or people making stupid comments or taking themselves too seriously. At the end of the day I just figured were all internet acquaintances and I’m fascinated by the way people react to either myself or someone else.

                    P.s. Honey Boo Boo was the best worst show I’ve ever seen and I miss it Terribly.

                    • Norman

                      No worries and I agree it was fun to watch Honey Boo Boo !

          • kristen lowry

            Yeah in like the 1800s

  • myllia

    Gypsy marry their cousins, brothers, etc they have no since of descenty in their family tree. Hell look how they dress and act on tv as it is lol. Pretty much were paying for trash to be on tv. But I agree it’s a bit amusing and intersting. Guess it doesn’t take much to be on TV now days…

    • James Robinson

      Your incredibly stupid .. Find something else to do . Here’s a crazy thought…dont watch! !!

    • Cassi

      Ah, so they must be trash because of the way they dress, gotcha? You’re not on TV, so, I guess it takes more than you have to offer! Since you don’t know their family tree it must mean they marry relatives, yeah okay. If we were to go by just what you have posted here, am i okay to assume that you married your brother? The way a female dresses has nothing to do with if she is trash or not.

    • David cornell

      You didn’t have to watch, it was a reality show. It was a show to amuse you,not all was really the truth. If you didn’t like it you could have turned the channel.

  • Tom Harlen

    Ive been reading these comments and not one person said a single horrible thing about the murderer. .only the victim and his family. This world is seriously disturbing ? You should all be ashamed

    • kimo-sauve

      The Murder Is a POS !!

    • kristen lowry

      They act a certain way and live in a certain lifestyle, that they flaunt too, they’ve done just as much wrong, I’m sure they were involved in others getting hurt somehow too, what else do you expect

  • Jennifer Donohoe

    So sorry,watched the the episode it was horrible i stared crying. It was the most sad episode i have ever watched. Zachary Gardner, the judge should of had him killed. I felt like Rocky and i had almost the same personality, only if her was 14 year old girl. In the episode there was a shocking part which was Rocky Stanley’s death, but also a amazing moment which was his baby girl Raquel Star. So cute. Sympathy to all the Stanley family and every one who love’s the hansom, courageous, stylish, great husband, and boxer “Huey” Rocky Stanley.

    • Catlaydee

      Whaaaaat?? Can anybody in them theren hills read ,write or spell? Not to mention enunciate or have a grasp on proper grammar?? Don’t they have schools out yonder?!

      • William Nelson

        Why don’t you let her have her opinion? What makes yours any better? Tells us your family history so we can pick that apart.

  • Angelique Donnelly

    i watch gypsey sisters and that was one of the sadest episodes ever it takes a real sicko to murder someone over basket ball that guy that killed him should ROT TO DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Howard Elliott

    My sincere condolences to the Stanley family. I hope the man that did this gets what he deserves and you have justice for Rocky. RIP

  • Evalahni

    I am sad to say that I watched the young man that is accused of doing this terrible awful deed grow up. I pray for the stanley family and for the family of the accused. The families are left here to suffer and wonder what they could’ve done different to keep this tragedy from happening my heart goes out to everyone involved.

  • David cornell

    There plenty of books and movies about gypsies that can help you understand what kinds of life’s we have. Go back to Hitler when he killed millions of gypsies and Jews.
    Plus the heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury is a gypsy, Check it out on the HBO real sports about him and his family. He’s a very religious person and most gypsies are. There’s good in bad in any race and most families. Google Tyson Fury and you can learn more about Gypsy culture and how were treated and discriminated against ! He’s the World’s Heavyweight Champion and him and his wife can’t go to certain movies or restaurants because of their race.
    I hope and pray he wins the rematch and he fights for the Gypsy race rights, but if who ever really wants to learn more about Gypsies. Just start looking up what Hitler did to the Gypsies and how gypsies are treated in every country in the world. It’s sad when other people put down different races ,even after a young mans life was taken for no good reason. God bless you all!!! Rest in peace ROCKY YOUR WITH THE LORD NOW AND HAVE NO HATE TOWARDS NO ONE. YOU’RE MISSED EVERY DAY!

  • Amanda Williams

    They are people just like everyone else. Show me one family that is totally perfect. My prayers are for the family. Remember everyone is different and you should not judge anyone. It’s not your place or right.