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What Happened To Pop Smoke?

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There are reports that the death of rising star Pop Smoke may have been due to gang ties.

The shooting took place early Wednesday morning at the Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles that Pop Smoke was renting. The home is owned by Edwin Arroyave, who is the husband of Teddi Mellencamp of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Giphy | Pop Smoke

Mellencamp posted this message after the murder:

"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."

Was It a Targeted Hit?

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The "Los Angeles Times" has reported that detectives say the attack may have been carried out by gang members.

According to Los Angeles Police Department Captain Jonathan Tippet:

"There is a lot of information available. We have some work to do."

So far there has been no clear motive, but surveillance cameras are providing some clues. Footage has been released of suspects moving through the home, then leaving through the front door. The suspects appeared to leave empty-handed.

According to TMZ, this indicates a targeted hit.

Giphy | Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke's career was just getting started when his single "Welcome To the Party" was released last year. Fans were devastated to learn his life was cut so short.

Fox News writes that according to Pop Smoke's Instagram, the rapper had been preparing for his "Meet the Woo" tour, which was set to kick off in March. Pop Smoke, whose original name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, appeared excited about his some of his tour dates selling out.

RIP Pop Smoke

The death of Pop Smoke shocked the world of hip-hop and rap. Musicians like Nicki Minaj posted messages honoring the rapper soon after the news broke. Minaj had collaborated with Pop Smoke for a remix of his breakthrough hit "Welcome To the Party," the single that was part of his first mixtape, "Meet the Woo."

In his brief career, Pop Smoke had also collaborated with rapper Travis Scott, and just recently released a second mixtape, "Meet the Woo 2."

"The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop," Minaj wrote.

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