St. Louis rapper Huey killed in double shooting in Kinloch

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    The scene of a double shooting that happened late Thursday night in the front yard of a home located along the 8100 block Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, as seen on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]

    The scene of a double shooting that happened late Thursday night in the front yard of a home located along the 8100 block Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, as seen on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]

    The scene of a double shooting that happened late Thursday night in the front yard of a home located along the 8100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, as seen on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]

    ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis rapper was killed in a double shooting in Kinloch late Thursday night.

    The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kinloch.

    St. Louis County police identified the victim as 32-year-old Lawrence Franks Jr., who went by the stage name Huey. He was best known in the rap community for his 2006 debut single « Pop, Lock & Drop It. » He was a native of Kinloch.

    Lawrence Franks Jr., who went by the stage name Huey, in a photo from his Facebook page.

    Social media lit up overnight with reports of his death and condolences from relatives and fans. One of them, Bruce Franks Jr., said on Twitter, « They killed my lil cousin. »

    Police said the rapper was rushed to a hospital in a private car by someone at the scene, but he died after arriving at the hospital. He had been shot at least once, police said. The second victim, a 21-year-old man, went to the Ferguson Police Department at 222 South Florissant Road after being shot, St. Louis County police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said. That man’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, Granda said.

    The two were shot in the front yard of a home in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King. As many as 10 people may have witnessed the shooting, police said, and detectives are asking witnesses to come forward to help police find the killer.

    Police released no details Friday about a possible motive. They also haven’t said if they have any suspects. 

    Crime-scene tape was put up in an area that included a home at 8173 Martin Luther King Boulevard, which is east of Interstate 170 and south of Airport Road. The two-bedroom brick bungalow has white columns and a lion statue in front, and a tarp partly covering the roof. St. Louis County property records list the home’s owner as Otis Hughes, who could not be reached for comment.

    The home belonged to Franks’ family, longtime friend Enrico Washington told the Post-Dispatch. Franks himself lived at a downtown loft near Busch stadium, in the 1100 block of Spruce Street in St. Louis.

    Washington was a mentor who helped guide Franks’ music career. Washington was called with news of his death about 4 a.m. Friday.

    « You’re talking about a young man who still had a lot of life to live, » Washington said.

    Franks was still earning royalties off the original hit single, Washington said. He was interested in building apartments and housing in St. Louis and had talked with Washington in recent years about becoming a businessman.

    « Kinloch is no easy place to live, » Washington said. « It’s tough. But he was living the entrepreneurial spirit. He was doing it the right way. »

    Post-Dispatch pop music critic Kevin C. Johnson wrote in 2013 that « Pop, Lock & Drop It » was the debut single from the rapper’s 2007 album “Notebook Paper,” and it flew straight into the top 10, making him one of a wave of St. Louis rappers finding popularity after Nelly and Chingy.

    He attended Berkeley High School and McCluer High School before earning his GED. He has a teenage daughter, Lawryn. 

    « It was really rough, » said Franks, the youngest of four children. « My mama and daddy were on drugs. My brother was in and out of jail. The foster people were chasing me. It was crazy. »

    In 2013, he had signed a deal with rapper Waka Flocka Flame, but not much materialized from that and Franks had been relatively quiet on the music scene in recent years. He was said to be filming a new video this weekend.

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    Police have charged a 28-year-old. The woman killed was a former Post-Dispatch employee and mother of a first-team all-SEC football player at Mizzou.

    Lundak was charged June 10 in a deadly shooting that followed a dispute in an alley next to Lundak’s commercial building. 

    Police have charged a 28-year-old. The woman killed was a former Post-Dispatch employee and mother of a first-team all-SEC football player at Mizzou.

    Also on Wednesday, the Archdiocese of St. Louis added two names to its list of named abusers.

    Police have charged a 28-year-old. The woman killed was a former Post-Dispatch employee and mother of a first-team all-SEC football player at Mizzou.

    Courtney D. Washington said something like « things are about to get real » before opening fire, police Chief Robert Connell said Wednesday. 

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Maj. Trevor Wild said the man drove through a hayfield, ditched his car and attempted to swim down the river.

    The scene of a double shooting that happened late Thursday night in the front yard of a home located along the 8100 block Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, as seen on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]

    Lawrence Franks Jr., who went by the stage name Huey, in a photo from his Facebook page.

    The scene of a double shooting that happened late Thursday night in the front yard of a home located along the 8100 block Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, as seen on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]

    The scene of a double shooting that happened late Thursday night in the front yard of a home located along the 8100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, as seen on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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