Four teens charged with Pop Smoke’s murder


FOUR TEENAGERS have been charged with murder of rapper Pop Smoke.

Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot during an armed robbery at the home he was staying at in Hollywood on 19 February. He was 20 years old.

Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, have both been charged with robbery and murder.

A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because of their ages, have also been charged with murder and robbery.

The four were arrested by Los Angeles police last week.

A third man arrested in connection with the fatal shooting has not been charged.

Walker and Rodgers could face the death penalty, or life in prison, if convicted.

A decision on whether capital punishment will be sought will be made at a later date, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

The investigation by the Los Angeles police department into the rapper’s murder is ongoing.

Pop Smoke’s rose to international fame with his 2019 hit song Welcome to the Party. A remix of the song featuring Nicki Minaj.

Following the news of Pop Smoke’s death, she described it as “unbelievable”.

Skepta also featured on a remix of Welcome to the Party.

Pop Smoke’s style earned him a strong UK fanbase and he was set to perform several dates here in April, as well as take to the stage at Wireless Festival in July.

The rapper’s potential was recognised by industry veterans such as 50 Cent who praised Pop Smoke and executively produced his posthumously released album.

His album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, released on 3 July, has debuted at No 1 in the US.

The body of work is the rapper’s first studio album, the follow up to two previously released mixtapes, Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2.

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