Three men have been formally charged with Pop Smoke‘s murder, following the arrest of five people in connection with his death.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed yesterday (July 9) that five arrests had been made in the murder case. “LAPD Detectives have arrested three adult males & two juvenile males related to the Feb 19th murder of Bashar Jackson, a New York-based rapper known as Pop Smoke,” they tweeted. “We will provide further details as they become available.”
LAPD Detectives have arrested three adult males & two juvenile males related to the Feb 19th murder of Bashar Jackson, a New York based rapper known as Pop Smoke. We will provide further details as they become available.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 9, 2020
Now, more details have emerged about the arrests. According to TMZ, 19-year-old Corey Walker and 18-year-old Keandre Rogers have been charged with murder. Jaquan Murphy, 21, has also been charged with attempted murder. Their bail has been set at $1million (£792k) each.
The two other people who have been arrested are under 18. The details of the charges they face have not been made public at present.
Pop Smoke was shot and killed aged 20 in a home invasion in Los Angeles, California on February 19. His final mixtape ‘Meet the Woo 2’ was released earlier that month.
This month, his posthumous album ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’ was released.
In a four-star review, NME said: “A once-in-a-generation talent, the Brooklyn-born artist’s impact on hip-hop was immediate, providing a powerful, uplifting voice when it was needed most.”
In June, Jackson’s family detailed the Shoot for the Stars foundation set up by the rapper before his passing.
Smoke’s foundation will be led by Jackson’s mother and aims to provide technology and other means to “help urban youth everywhere turn their pain into champagne”.