Stop the violence.
Last year, the country was up in arms after the death of Freddie Gray occurred while the Baltimore native was in police custody. Residents of the city burst into riots, protests, and marches all throughout the city in hopes of sending a message to the government about the city’s law enforcement. While the case was ruled a homicide, not one officer was found guilty of murder from the tragic death. Today, groups of artists, activists, and more are uniting to try and help stop the violence within Baltimore. One popular rapper in particular, however, faced a true tragedy while rallying against violence in the streets of the city this past week.
Lor Scoota was gunned down in Baltimore during a rally.
Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota was rallying with others to spread his message of anti-violence while hosting a charity basketball game in his neighborhood this past Saturday (June 25). After leaving the event, he drove about a mile away from the arena when he was shockingly gunned down in his vehicle around 6:56 PM. He was pronounced dead by authorities once he arrived at the hospital.
Authorities believe it may have been a “targeted attack.”
The tragic incident has shaken up his loved ones, as well as more of the city, as this incident is the exact kind of violence Scoota continuously spoke out against. Authorities believe that he may have been targeted in this attack, but are hoping that this can be a wake up call for the rest of the city that he was trying to protect. Earlier, an artist named Tadoe said of the charity event, “Supposedly people think all the rappers don’t like each other, so we brought everyone together. It was about having fun, showing that there was a smile on everybody’s face.”
Scoota was a beloved rapper throughout Baltimore.
Authorities also believe he may have been targeted because he was on his way to making it big in the industry. While hustling his way to the top of the music game, Scoota was quickly becoming a beloved figure in his hometown. His record, “Bird Flu,” inspired many in Baltimore to follow up the song with Youtube videos of themselves doing their best version of the “Bird Flu dance.” He even changed the lyrics in the song to cater to the Baltimore Orioles after they made it to the baseball playoffs.