Rapper Pop Smoke, legal name Bashar Barakah Jackson, 20, was shot during a home-invasion robbery at a rented house in La’s Beverly Hills on February 19
Pop Smoke, a rising musician based in Brooklyn, later died in hospital in Los Angeles
Three men and two juvenile males were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of murder and attempted murder
On Monday two suspects, Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were charged with murder in Los Angeles, in the killing of Pop Smoke
A third man Jaquan Murphy, 21, had been arrested Thursday along with the other four on suspicion of attempted murder
A 17-year-old and 15-year-old were also charged , were each charged with one count of murder and robbery in juvenile court
Investigators say Pop Smoke did not know the assailants
“It’s our belief that [the home-invasion robbery] was based on some of the social media” posts that the rapper made shortly before the fatal robbery, LAPD said
“It’s based on the fact that he was posting his information may have contributed to him knowing where to find him”
Walker and Rodgers face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged
Additionally, two male juveniles, ages 17 and 15, were each charged with one count of murder and robbery in juvenile court.
Walker and Rodgers face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged.
A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date.
Murphy remains in custody,
Pop Smoke, 20, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on February 19 when police responded to a call on Hercules Drive in the Mount Olympus area of the Hollywood Hills.
He died later at a hospital.
Pop Smoke was shot at this house in the Hollywood Hills, owned by a Real Housewives star, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave
LAPD said the rapper was killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning. Investigators had initially discounted a robbery theory in the days after the death of 20-year-old rapper’ Pop Smoke’s legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson on Feb. 19 at a home in the Hollywood Hills.
The gang of three men and two teenage boys likely went to the home because they knew Pop Smoke was there from social media posts. They home invaders also stole items from the home. “We believe that it was a robbery. Initially we didn’t really have the evidence but then we discovered some other evidence that showed this was likely a home invasion gone bad,” LAPD said on Thursday. The five suspects were arrested Thursday morning as detectives served several search some of them are believed to be linked to the 2019 homicide of an 18-year-old man when a fight escalated into a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The three men were identified as Jaquan Murphy, 21, Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18, all of Los Angeles. The teens are 15 and 17 years old. Walker and Rodgers were arrested on suspicion of murder and Murphy was held on suspicion of attempted murder, police said Thursday. The men were being held in lieu of $1 million bail apiece. The 15-year-old and the 17-year-old also were booked on suspicion of murder and robbery.
Walker and Rodgers could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Pop Smoke
Police said the assailants did not know Pop Smoke, but got his address from photos the rapper posted on social media.
The Brooklyn-based rapper suffered his fatal injuries at a rental property owned by Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pop Smoke and his entourage staying at the home are not believed to be associated with the gang, police said. No one else was shot during the incident. The rapper had posted pictures of him posing by an infinity pool in the home’s backyard, as well as a photographs of the Los Angeles skyline from what was likely the house’s backyard.
In another post, Pop Smoke or a member of his entourage put a picture of a gift bag tagged with the Hollywood Hills address and a different photo showed him posing by a Ranger Rover in a spot where the home’s address was partly visible in the background. “It’s our belief that (the home-invasion robbery) was based on some of the social media” posts, an LAPD spokesperson said.
“It’s based on the fact that he was posting his information may have contributed to him knowing where to find him.” The 911 call the LAPD responded to actually came from the east coast, from someone who had apparently been called by someone inside the L.A. property during the home invasion.
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