I thought the name sounds familiar, but I think Rockstar always have to brain storm about names, for streets, products, people, each time new additions to their games are done, so it's likely they pick a name more then once that they find they relate to in some way.
Anywho, There were a cast of characters in all prior GTAs, Vice City I recall, when Vercetti would buy a property. In GTA V, when you buy a property you get texts from a fictional owner, so there's always a need for a person to be represented in these facets of the game, whether you meet them or not. If you look at the Fictional BLEETS that emulate Twitter in the game, I believe there are people on your character's account that don't meet with you in the game, but they form the back story that each person in reality would have.
Edited by BlackListedB, A week ago.