Rico was a soldier in the Barksdale Organization.


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Rico engaging in a gunfight with Omar's crew.

Rico was usually seen acting as security at the funeral home they use as a base of operations. He is playing video games with Perry when Omar Little robs a Barksdale stash house he was supposed to be keeping secure, and was involved in the subsequent shootout, shooting at Omar's crew, which leads to the death of Tosha and Tank. He is then assigned to provide security for Poot's corner because of the turf war with Marlo Stanfield. During his shift, Poot forgets to buy Rico some Newport cigarettes and as Poot attempts to go back in the corner store, Stanfield soldier Snoop drives by in a motorcycle and subsequently opens fire, seemingly killing Rico and Poot, before fleeing the scene. Poot is covered in blood but gets up afterward unscathed, apparently playing dead. The blood is revealed to all be Rico's, who wasn't so lucky.



Season 1
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" * "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2
"Ebb Tide" * "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 3
"Time after Time" * "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" * "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" * "Moral Midgetry" * "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"

*Uncredited appearance.


  • He is played by Rico Whelchel, who worked as a security consultant for the show.


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