LAPD: Pop Smoke’s Social Media led Killers to his HomeAugust 3, 2020
The hip hop community is mourning yet another death on an upcoming rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson. News broke that he was shot and killed in a deadly home robbery. Mr. Jackson had been staying in the mansion in Hollywood Hills at the time. It is believed that he was gunned down after a group of armed men in black masks broke into his house. Some items were taken during the crime but according to the investigators, some standard sings of robbery were absent. Quick responses were done but he was pronounced dead upon arrival to the nearby hospital. His death shook many fans and upcoming artists like him. He was just 20 years old and the star had just begun to rise after his hit single ‘’ Welcome to the party” which had even sparked the interest of rap superstar 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and others.
The Los Angeles police department has been investigating into his death, and six days after his posthumous album dropped, some arrests have been made. According to CNN several people were detained and released in February. Witnesses also recorded statements and stated that between two and six people broke into Pop Smoke’s home.
According to a report by Los Angeles Times on February 19, the Los Angeles police responded after receiving a call from the East Coast when someone reported that several people had broken into his friend’s home shortly before 5:00 a.m. Upon arrival the police found the 20-year-old rapper with gunshot wounds. Tippet wrote a report that was published by the Washington Post and it stated that it is believed that neither Pop Smoke nor his group of friends are involved with the street gang.
A group of five people including two minors have been arrested in connection to the popstar killing in February. Corey Walker, 19; Keandre D. Rodgers, 18; and Jaquan Murphy, 21 have been named according to The New York Times. Walker and Rodgers were charged with murder along with the two young people who were not identified. Police records revealed that Murphy was charged with three adult killing and bail for one million dollars.
According to the BBC news the police stated that In the course of the investigation also revealed that members of a Los Angeles street gang were involved in the murder of Pop Smoke as well as the murder of 18-year-old Kamryn Stone who was killed while cleaning up after a football game at Pasadena Rose Bowl stadium in September 2019. In the article, the arrest of the five persons arrested on Pop Smoke ‘s death was uncertain as to whether the death of the 18-year-old homicide was connected with that. In February, the authorities said that they investigated whether Pop Smoke was a random robbery victim or was in fact the target of it.
In February, the authorities announced that they investigated whether Pop Smoke was a random robbery or whether he was a target. In February, La Los Angeles Times confirmed that the rapper shared photographs of him by an infinite pool in the backyard and photos of the skyline in Los Angeles from what was presumably the courtyard of the building. It is also believed that Pop Smoke had recently posted pictures on social media showing large stacks and in the process accidentally disclosed his home address. The police told the New York Times that they were going through a lot of video footages because, thankfully, almost every corner of the neighborhood has cameras.
According to the guardian the up and coming rapper was known for his collaborations with UK drill artists including 808 Melo, Yoz, Swirv and AXL.
His posthumous debut album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” was released on July 3, and fans told Radio 1 Newsbeat that Pop had left them something special.