Months after the tragic slaying of teen Chicago rapper Lil JoJo, his mother has stepped forward to provide an update and blame Chief Keef for taking her son’s life.
In Robin Russell‘s opinion, JoJo’s feud with Keef sparked his ultimate demise.
“Chief Keef,” Robin Russell said when asked who she believes is responsible for killing her son. “I don’t believe him, himself pulled the trigger but I believe he paid somebody to do it. I would like justice to come from this and to show kids it’s a better way to get an education and yes, I fear for my own life. [Police] have a couple leads, they’re still working on it.” (“Don’t Sleep!”)
Earlier this fall, Keef and JoJo’s dispute got highlighted in an ABC News special called “Hidden America: Don’t Shoot I Want To Grow Up.”
Jojo’s video shows the young rapper and others pointing handguns at the camera, holding a stack of cash and having an array of bullets on a table. The video has over 400,000 views on Youtube. On Sept. 4, Jojo was shot and killed in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood while riding on the back of a friend’s bicycle after tweeting his location. Shortly after he was gunned down, a tweet from Keef’s account said, “Its Sad Cuz Dat N—- Jojo Wanted to Be Jus Like Us #LMAO,” the online slang for “laughing my a– off.” The mocking tweet sparked wide outrage online, even from Keef’s 275,000 followers. Keef followed up with a series of apologetic tweets, saying he had nothing to do with Jojo’s killing and his account had been hacked. “I didn’t know him but he young jus like me. i can assure everyone that i had nothin 2 do with this tragedy tho. my twitter acct was hacked,” Keef tweeted on Sept. 5. (ABC News)
Following the rapper’s death, Chief expressed his condolences to his one-time rival.
the teenage rapper sent out his condolences to the family of slain rapper Lil JoJo. “I appreciate music, so I’m going to focus on that and sign off of Twitter I won’t have anything to say until my album drop 11/27 #R.I.Pjojo,” Chief Keef tweeted September 8th.
“i got a LOTTA sh*t 2 say but this aint da place…my music is. i love chicago & i wanna make this sh*t big for us! tell our story. #300″
“since i was put in a messed up spot i think that i finna sign off this twitter sh*t for awhile or at least til my album drops on 11/27″
“album comin 11/27..maybe sooner. fredo gbe mixtape comin soon 2.” (Chief Keef’s Twitter)
Lil JoJo lost his life to gun violence in their hometown last summer.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Lil JoJo, 18, whose real name is Joseph Coleman, was gunned down at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday on a street in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. He had been engaged in a running war of words with several rival rappers, among them Chief Keef, who is 17. But Mr. Coleman also had been feuding with a local street gang, the Black Disciples, and the police were investigating whether his death was connected to that dispute, the Sun-Times reported, quoting the police. Hours after the murder, a message appeared on Chief Keef’s Twitter account that appeared to make light of Mr. Coleman’s death. The message drew angry responses from many of Chief Keef’s followers on Twitter. He later sent a message suggesting that his account had been hacked. (New York Times)
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