4 Charged in Los Angeles Death of Rising Rapper Pop Smoke

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LOS ANGELES—Two men and two teens have been charged in the demise of rising rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed throughout a Los Angeles home-invasion theft in February, the district lawyer’s office stated Monday.

Los Angeles County District Lawyer Jackie Lacey stated in a press release that Corey Walker and Keandre Rodgers have been charged with murder that occurred in the course of the fee of a robbery and housebreaking. The 2 boys, 15 and 17 years previous, have been additionally charged with homicide and robbery while in juvenile courtroom. Their names were not released because of their age.

The 20-year-old New York rapper, whose authorized identify is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed Feb. 19 at a house within the Hollywood Hills. A 911 call from a pal of someone in the house reported armed intruders inside the home, police beforehand stated.

Walker, 19, and Rodgers, 18, might face the demise penalty or life in prison with out the potential for parole if convicted. The arraignment for both men has been postponed until Tuesday.

Jaquan Murphy, 21, was additionally arrested in reference to the incident last week. The grievance consists of gang and gun allegations.

Capt. Jonathan Tippet, who oversees the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Theft-Murder Division, stated three males and two teenage boys probably went to the home because they knew Pop Smoke was there from social media posts. They stole gadgets from the house, although Tippet stated he couldn't reveal what was taken.

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Pop Smoke performs on stage with French Montana at iHeartRadio Reside and Verizon Deliver You French Montana in New York City at Webster Corridor on Aug. 28, 2019. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Photographs for iHeartMedia)

All five are believed to be members of a South Los Angeles gang, which Tippet would not identify, and no less than some of them are believed to be linked to a 2019 homicide when a battle escalated into a capturing outdoors the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Authorities did not initially consider the rapper’s dying was related to a robbery. The house the place the capturing occurred is owned by Edwin Arroyave and his wife Teddi Mellencamp, a star of “The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” and the daughter of Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer John Mellencamp.

Teddi Mellencamp beforehand stated on Instagram that the couple had been notified of the capturing at their rental property however knew no more than what that they had seen in media studies.

Pop Smoke arrived on the rap scene in 2018 and broke out with “Welcome to the Celebration” a gangsta anthem with boasts about shootings, killings, and medicines that turned an enormous sensation, and prompted Nicki Minaj to drop a verse on a remix.

Earlier this yr, Pop Smoke released the mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Prime 200 albums chart. It was the comply with as much as his first official launch, “Meet the Woo.” The rapper also had the favored hit “Gatti” with Travis Scott and Jackboys and “Dior.”

His main label debut album, “Shoot for the Stars Purpose for the Moon,” which was government produced by 50 Cent, just lately topped the Billboard Prime 200 albums charts. It was released posthumously July 3 to principally constructive critiques and features appearances from fashionable artists including Future, DaBaby, and Quavo.

Pop Smoke had been scheduled to start out a U.S. tour in Washington on March 2.

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.

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