I always hate waking up to information like this. Pop Smoke, a 20-year-old rapper was killed during a home invasion. Pop Smoke was an upcoming New York rapper that had a cult-like fanbase. It just doesn’t make sense how someone would want to see him gone.
According to TMZ:
7:32 AM PT — Law enforcement sources tell us there was a party or gathering at the house prior to the shooting. It’s unclear what motive the shooters had in showing up at the house.
7:08 AM PT — Nicki Minaj just posted a cryptic message … “The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop.” By using the term “jealousy,” she seems to be saying there’s a connection between the killers and Pop Smoke. We have not heard this from our law enforcement sources.
6:56 AM PT — The home is owned by Teddi Mellencamp‘s husband, Edwin Arroyave, who owns several homes in Los Angeles. It’s possible Pop Smoke was renting the property.
Our condolences go out to his entire family. Losing a loved one to gun violence is never easy. Something has got to give when it comes to how we treat each other.
We’ll keep you updated as the story as it develops.