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
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.