King Von has died following a shootout in Atlanta. He was 26.
The Chicago rapper was killed by gunfire outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge in downtown Atlanta on Friday morning (Nov. 6). According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the officer-involved shooting started around 3 a.m. Friday after an argument between two groups turned violent in the parking lot.
TMZ reports that six people were shot and three died from their wounds, including King Von. Two off-duty police officers who were working at the club attempted to intervene but were not injured. It’s unclear who shot King Von, but the shooting is now being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Atlanta Police Homicide.
A member of King Von’s crew, Chopsquad DJ, confirmed that Von was among the victims. “My heart can’t take this. No bro. Why you. Why bro. Please just FaceTime me bro. Why they had to take you,” he wrote on Instagram Friday. “RIP my Bestfriend.”
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My heart can’t take this. No bro. Why you. Why bro. Please just FaceTime me bro. Why they had to take you. Ima see you again this shit ain’t over. It’s far from over. We still just getting started. RIP my Bestfriend. The only nigga to listen to me word for word from day 1. We sat on FaceTime for hours making songs together. Every bar had a meaning snd every song was a part of our soul. Every moment meant something and to grow wit you made me feel like I was a real producer. I love you bro @kingvonfrmdao
Just last week, Von released his debut album, Welcome to O’Block, featuring appearances from Moneybagg Yo, Polo G, Dreezy, and his mentor Lil Durk, who signed him to his Only the Family label. The project reached No. 2 on Apple Music’s all-genre album charts (behind Ariana Grande).
The hip-hop community took to social media to pay tribute to King Von and mourn his passing including his ex-girlfriend Asian Doll, who tweeted, “I wanna die 2 Shid it feel like I’m dead already.”
Wow. This year was so tough. rip von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 6, 2020
DAMN. JUS TAP’D IN WIT YOU GANGSTA
R I P KING VON ❤️
— 4HUNNID (@YG) November 6, 2020
In a time where there’s so much divide we really gotta get this into the right perspective… we’re not the enemy… we have to do better now… Rest in power King Von 😔🙏🏾
— dvsn ÷ (@dvsn) November 6, 2020
I wanna die 2 Shid it feel like I’m dead already 💔✌🏽
— Da Doll. (@AsianDaBrattt) November 6, 2020