News: Rick Ross Collaborator Killed In Drive-By Shooting

Monday, Oct 20, 2008 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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23 year-old, up-and-coming rapper Toro, who has appeared on the track "Ride" with Rick Ross, was fatally shot in Miami over the weekend.

According to the Miami Herald, the Opa-locka bred rapper (born Derek Johnson) was inside a Cadillac Escalade on Saturday (October 18) morning around 4 a.m. with another man in Northern Miami-Dade County, as a silver sedan passed by riddling the vehicle with multiple bullets.

After the gunshots went off, Toro's vehicle excelled forward bursting through the wall of a local home. Nearly destroying the house, the family who inhabited the residence came out unharmed.

While both men were hit, Toro's friend was the only survivor, escaping with a minor injury.

Toro's grandmother Addie Baldwin is still in disbelief from losing her grandchild. 

"I'm in a state of shock," Baldwin told the Herald. "He was easy going, everybody loved him -- we thought." 

Despite his grandmother's love and admiration for him, Toro prided himself as a rapper inspired by infamous criminals.

"I'm not influenced by rappers I'm influenced by gangsters," he wrote on his MySpace page

As of now, no suspects have been identified by police.

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