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Pop Smoke reportedly shot dead by fifteen-year-old after confrontation over jewellery

New details of Pop Smoke’s murder have surfaced on May 8. Reportedly, Pop Smoke was murdered by a fifteen-year-old teenager who was in the company of three other individuals. The incident occurred in Los Angeles on February 19, 2020.

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According to a report by NY Daily News on May 7, 2021 the group of men intruded into his Airbnb rental in the Hollywood Hills and wanted to steal his diamond-studded Rolex, according to a testification by a detective. The criminals attempt to also steal the rapper’s chain was futile. The gang later sold Pop Smoke’s Rolex at $2,000. The fifteen-year-old, who shot the rapper, allegedly admitted his role in the killing during a recorded interview with a cellmate at a juvenile detention center last May. The teenager is now facing murder and robbery charges.

LAPD detective Carlos Camacho testified Friday at a preliminary hearing for a different suspect, Corey Walker, 20. He is the sole adult defendant in the case. He said:

They got into a fight, and he shot him three times. He said he shot him on the back.

Carlos Camacho also mentions that Walker, who was the driver of the car that got away after the incident, confessed his role secretly during a recorded jailhouse interview with a different informant placed in his cell after his July arrest. He further stated that when the suspects got inside, they confronted Pop Smoke who was in the shower naked. The suspects demanded for the rapper’s jewellery, which he was wearing at the time. But the rapper, then decided to fight back and rushed the intruders, who “pistol whipped” him before the fifteen-year-old suspect shot him in the chest, Camacho said, citing Walker’s account. Detective Christian Carrasco testified Thursday that a lady who was with Pop Smoke in the rented home’s bedroom recalled seeing a group of men storm through curtains from a balcony accessible by a backyard staircase. One of the men allegedly pressed a black semi-automatic firearm to her forehead and shouted, “Shut the f**k up. Do you want to die?”

She heard a struggle coming from the shower area and heard Mr Jackson screaming. Mr Jackson ran out of the bathroom and then, she heard a loud pop and [heard] Mr Jackson fall to the ground”, the detective said.

According to the law enforcement officials who testified, all four defendants belonged to the same street gang and learned of the Brooklyn rapper’s whereabouts from his Instagram account, as previously reported. Pop Smoke had revealed the address of the Airbnb rental in an Instagram photo (it was mentioned on a gift bag), where he also had a stack of cash with him. The cash was later found, still inside a drawer at the rental home, according to testimony Friday.


Written by Ralph Okobz

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