An 18-year-old admitted in juvenile court that he fatally struck rapper Pop Smoke in 2020. At that time, the teenager was only 15 years old. He now has to serve until he is 25 in a state juvenile detention center because he cannot be tried as an adult.
He also admitted that it was a case of home theft.
The judge told the young man and a 19-year-old co-defendant to “make better decisions” and that if they continue down the same path, they could end up in state prison or in a cemetery. The 19-year-old and a third young man each admitted one count of involuntary manslaughter and burglary.
A total of four men were charged with Pop Smoke’s murder: two juvenile defendants, aged 15 and 17 at the time of the murder, and Corey Walker, who was 19.
On WE TV’s new series Hip Hop Homicides, Van Lathan interviewed Amelia Rose, the woman who was with Pop Smoke when he was killed in a violent home invasion.
“Pop said he was going upstairs,” she said. “I sit on the bed and start undressing and he said, ‘Okay, I’ll be back.’ He went to the bathroom and those were his last words.”
“At that moment it’s only been a few seconds and I hear the sound. The guy was wearing the mask and his gun was looking at me, you know? His eyes scared me so much. They ran to the toilet, Pop yelled, “What?”
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