Four charged over death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in LA

Four charged over death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in LA
Rapper Killing Arrests

Two men and two teenagers have been charged over the death of rising rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed during a home-invasion robbery in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles district attorney Jackie Lacey said Corey Walker and Keandre Rodgers were charged with murder during the commission of a robbery and burglary.

The two male juveniles were also charged with murder and robbery while in juvenile court.

The 20-year-old New York rapper, whose legal name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed on February 19 at a home in the Hollywood Hills.

A 911 call from a friend of someone in the house reported armed intruders inside the home, police said.

Pop Smoke (Tracy Awino/Republic Records/AP)

Walker, 19, and Rodgers, 18, face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

Jaquan Murphy, 21, was also arrested in connection to the incident last week. The complaint includes gang and gun allegations.

Captain Jonathan Tippet, who oversees the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division, said three men and two teenage boys probably went to the home because they knew Pop Smoke was there from social media posts. They stole items from the home, though Mr Tippet said he could not divulge what was taken.

All five are believed to be members of a South Los Angeles gang, which Mr Tippet would not name, and at least some of them are believed to be linked to a 2019 homicide when a fight escalated into a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Authorities did not initially believe the rapper’s death was related to a robbery. The home where the shooting occurred is owned by Edwin Arroyave and his wife Teddi Mellencamp, a star of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills and the daughter of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame star John Mellencamp.

Teddi Mellencamp previously said on Instagram that the couple had been notified of the shooting at their rental property but knew no more than what they had seen in media reports.

Pop Smoke arrived on the rap scene in 2018 and broke out with Welcome To The Party, a gangsta anthem with boasts about shootings, killings and drugs that became a huge sensation, and prompted Nicki Minaj to drop a verse on a remix.

Earlier this year, Pop Smoke released the mixtape Meet The Woo 2, which debuted at number seven on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. It was the follow up to his first official release, Meet The Woo.

The rapper also had the popular hit Gatti with Travis Scott and Jackboys and Dior.

His major label debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, was executive produced by 50 Cent. It was released posthumously on July 3 to mostly positive reviews and features appearances from artists including Future, DaBaby and Quavo.

Pop Smoke had been scheduled to start a US tour in Washington DC on March 2.

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