L.A. Rapper Drakeo the Ruler passed away this weekend.
He was backstage at the Once Upon A Time all-day festival on Saturday when a fight broke out backstage. Drakeo the Ruler was reportedly stabbed in the neck and rushed to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
Concert organizers quickly shut down the festival and headliners Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent never got a chance to take the stage. Snoop Dogg released a statement on Twitter shortly after the news of Drakeo the Ruler’s death broke, asking for peace in the hip-hop community.
Although authorities still have not made any arrests in the fatal stabbing, Drakeo the Ruler’s mother has plans to file a lawsuit.
Drakeo The Ruler’s Mother Wants Answers
Mother of the late Drakeo the Ruler, Darrylene Corniel, told Rolling Stone that she plans on filing a lawsuit to hold event organizers accountable.
“We plan to sue,” Corniel stated. “This happened backstage at an event. Someone has to be held accountable.”
Many have asked where security was when the fight broke out backstage and why they were not protecting performers and their entourages.
“He was hit in his neck,” she reported. “I saw him when I went to the hospital. They said it’s a homicide, so I wasn’t able to hug him or kiss him or anything like that. I had to look at him through a window.”
“I need this to be out there,” she continued. “I need people to know. And I do want justice for my son.”
“And I do believe that justice will be served,” she continued. “I will not rest until justice is served.”
A spokesperson for the event told the Los Angeles Times that the altercation had occurred “in the roadway backstage” but could not comment further as authorities continued with their investigation.
Corniel Paints A Picture Of What Could Have Happened That Night
Drakeo the Ruler’s mother has been conducting her own investigation by speaking to witnesses who were there that night.
Corniel alleges that Drakeo the Ruler and his brother Ralfy the Plug went backstage with a small group of people. They were reportedly confronted by a group of “like 40 to 60 people.”
She says this group “swamped” her son, adding, “Everything just happened so quickly. They started trying to jump them.”
She wants to hold festival organizers accountable for allowing such a large group backstage.
“They let all these people in, and you’re not supposed to have all these people backstage. And your security is supposed to be in place,” she continued.
“The whole program should have been orchestrated a lot better than what it was,” she added. “And there should have been more protection. Even if you have metal detectors, even if you pat them down, you let those people come in there. You had more people come in than you were supposed to. And you allowed them to jump my son. You didn’t protect my son.”
Although police have yet to identify a motive, Corniel believes that the attack was motivated by “jealousy and envy” from those who were jealous of her late son’s success.
Corniel will remember her son as someone who “had a good heart.”
“He took care of those around him because I taught him that, to watch out for everybody,” she added. “People who really know my son knew he was a real individual. He had a genuine heart.”
His girlfriend, Noel Bianca, paid tribute to the late rapper on Instagram, writing, “I will never be the same without u my rib.”