Police in Pittsburg who say Travon Smart was on their radar regarding two shootings, are posthumously investigating his involvement.
21-year-old Smart, an up-and-coming rapper, aka ‘Jimmy Wopo’, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh on June 19
Cops who referred to the slain musician as the “Hill District terror,” said they “are going to try to talk to witnesses who were afraid of him”
Investigators are hoping witnesses will cooperate – “We hope we can now clear a few cases, now that he’s dead”
rapper Jimmy Wopo reportedly eyed in connection with two homicides
His attorney has debunked police claims that his client was a feared gangsta
Pittsburgh based rapper Jimmy Wopo was shot and killed June 19, in a drive-by shooting. now he is being accused posthumously of two homicides by police
Slain rapper Jimmy Wopo is reportedly being investigated posthumously by Pittsburgh police in connection with two unsolved homicides.
Up-and-coming rapper Jimmy Wopo was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh Monday. He was 21.
Wopo, whose real name is Travon Smart, was shot in the Pennsylvania city’s Middle Hill neighborhood at around 4 p.m., Pittsburgh police said. He died at the hospital, while another unidentified victim was in stable condition.
Wopo was fatally shot while riding in an SUV with another man, who was also injured in the gunfire. Wopo was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died. The other man went to the hospital in stable condition.
Police sources told local CBS affiliate KDKA that Wopo, was on their radar regarding two shootings, and that they are investigating his involvement.
“We are going to try to talk to witnesses who were afraid of him. We hope they will cooperate. We hope we can now clear a few cases, now that he’s dead,” one source told the outlet, with another adding that he was a “Hill District terror.”
Saint or Satan? Wopo’s attorney has shot down the “ridiculous” claim that the slain musician was involved in two shootings in Pittsburgh
Wopo’s attorney Owen Seman shot down any suggestion that the late rapper was involved in violence, calling the source’s claims “ridiculous,” and adding that Wopo was a “kind, hard-working young man looking forward to an amazing future.”
He says the rapper called him 15 minutes before he was fatally shot, and says Wopo was thrilled about a tour and a record deal.
Seman shot down any allegations that Wopo was involved in shootings as ridiculous.
Wopo’s death was widely mourned by his fellow members of the hip-hop community, including Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Juicy J.
Taylor Maglin, Wopo’s manager and the creator of music website The Daily Loud, remembered his friend and client’s generous side, sharing a photo on Instagram of Wopo posing with a group of local children.
Wopo’s manager t@taylormaglin posted on Instagram ”he [Wopo] cared about the whole community and loved the kids. Still can’t believe this, Love you forever bro 😰🙏 #LongLiveWopo”
“He cared about the whole community and loved the kids. Still can’t believe this. Love you forever bro,” he wrote.
Wopo was best known for his singles “Elm Street” and “First Day Out,” as well as mixtapes “Woponese” and “Jordan Kobe.”
Wopo is survived by his parents, two children and was expecting his third child before his untimely death.