Rico was a Barksdale Organization soldier who only appeared in a few episodes in the first and second season and became a brief recurring character in the third season until his initial demise.


WIRE Season 3- Rico shoots at Omar's crew during robbery

Rico during Season 3 engaging in a gunfight with Omar's crew.

Rico was a soldier in the Barksdale organization, 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 Carr's corner because of the turf war with Marlo Stanfield. During his shift, Poot forgots 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.


Rico is a recurring character in the first, second and third seasons. He is played by Rico Whelchel, who fittingly worked as a security consultant for the show, and debuts in "Game Day".


Season 1 appearances
"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 appearances
"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 appearances
"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


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