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Police Say Pop Smoke Was Likely Targeted in His Murder and Not For Robbery

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

Pop Smoke was one of the biggest rising stars of 2019 as he stormed onto the scene with his hit single "Welcome To The Party." This record also appeared on his debut mixtape "Meet The Woo." He was one of the many talent coming out of the Brooklyn area such as Casanova and Tekashi 6ix9ine. In the early hours of February 19 this week though, he was shot and killed in a Hollywood Hills home owned by Teddi Mellencamp and her husband Edwin Arroyave.

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Mellencamp ended up releasing a statement regarding the death of the 20-year-old star.

"Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property. Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life. We aren’t aware of any of the details beyond what we’ve been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs.

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Now, authorities view the motive for Smoke's murder of robbery being unlikely, according to TMZ. This is mainly due to surveillance footage showing Smoke being shot and the shooting not attempting to steal anything. The reported amount of men who entered the home was four. Capt. Jonathan Tippet, head of the Robber-Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, said they've been looking for other motives as well, per USA TODAY. Police still haven't identified which man pulled the trigger on Smoke though.

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Other speculation regarding the case has been that Smoke set himself up due to him posting the address of the Hollywood Hills home on Instagram. The address tag was on the outside of a bag that he was showing. Another belief has been that his childhood friend, Mike Dee, set up the murder but he has since denied that and shared his grief on Instagram. He posted childhood photos of the two together when they grew up in New York.

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Hopefully, these men are brought to justice soon. Smoke didn't deserve this at all. When rappers experience success, especially at a young age, jealousy and hates starts to become very common. Smoke also released the sequel to his Meet The Woo project this month as it featured fan-favorites such as "Christopher Walking" and "Foreigner" featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. He did a great job of capitalizing off of his momentum of 2019 and was sure to take over 2020.

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