Rapper Half Ounce was shot and killed in the latest murder of a musician in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES — The city already had a notorious history for rappers, and in the past month at least two more artists were killed here.

Latauriisha O’Brien, 32, who performed under the name ‘Half Ounce,’ was found shot dead on Monday night, police and his family said, the latest of several rap notables who have been killed in Los Angeles. over the past two years.

LAPD said officers responded to several calls of shots fired around 11:30 a.m. in the Koreatown neighborhood and found a man who had been fatally shot in front of an apartment building.

The family of the slain man confirmed NBC Los Angeles that the person killed was O’Brien, a father of three who worked at UPS while attending school.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office also confirmed that O’Brien was the victim. A review was underway on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the office said.

Police officials said the investigation was in its early stages and the motive was unknown. Investigators are looking for a man in dark clothing who fled south from the crime scene on New Hampshire Avenue in a dark SUV.

Monday’s killing came three weeks after rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot in a botched robbery at Roscoe’s Chicken ‘N Waffles in South Los Angeles. Three people, including a 17-year-old and his father, have been arrested and charged in the September 12 murder.

In December, rapper Drakeo the Ruler, real name Darrell Caldwell, died after being stabbed during a fight behind the main stage at Banc of California Stadium during the Once Upon a Time in LA music festival.

Brooklyn, New York, rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed in a reported home invasion in Los Angeles on February 19, 2020, while in Los Angeles on a road trip. ‘business.

Four people, including two minors, have been charged in this case.

In March 2019, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside his South Los Angeles clothing store. In July, Eric R. Holder Jr. was convicted of first degree murder in Hussle’s murder.

It’s been 25 years since the rapper known as Notorious BIG and Biggie Smalls was shot dead in a car-to-car shooting on March 9, 1997.

The shooting of the rapper, real name Christopher Wallace, has never been resolved.

It came following a party at the Petersen Auto Museum in the Mid City neighborhood of Los Angeles in what would have been the crescendo of a building feud between East Coast and Coast rap artists. West.

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