Pop Smoke was killed during a home invasion in February last year. Three male adults and two juvenile males have been arrested, the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted Thursday.
Police have released the names of three of the five suspects arrested in the killing of rapper Pop Smoke. And say they are gang members. LAPD identified 3 adults arrested as Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18. Both of whom have arrested on a murder charge; and Jaquan Murphy, 21, who has arrested on an attempted murder charge. The men were being held in lieu of $1 million bails apiece.
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
Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot after multiple people broke into a Hollywood Hills home. Smoke was 20-years-old.
“The suspects robbed and shot Jackson inside the residence, killing him,” the LAPD statement says.
Police believe Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home-invasion robbery in February. After his posts on social media led five suspects to the house he was renting. Police said after cops arrested the group Thursday morning.
Capt. Jonathan Tippet said 3 men and 2 teenage boys possibly went to the home. Because they knew Pop Smoke was there from his social media posts. They stole items from the home, though Tippet said he could not divulge what was taken.
“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,” Tippet told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Pop Smoke Hit Song
Pop Smoke’s rise to fame came last summer with the hit song “Welcome to the Party.”Earlier this year, Pop Smoke released the mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. It was the follow up to his first official release. “Meet the Woo.” The rapper also had the popular hit “Gatti” with Travis Scott and Jackboys and “Dior.”
His major-label debut album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” was executive produced by 50 Cent. It was released posthumously last Friday to mostly positive reviews. And features appearances from popular artists including Future, DaBaby, and Quavo.