Pop Smoke killed for a Rolex watch, investigation reveals

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Pop Smoke was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in February 2020 – for a Rolex watch.

The 20-year-old rapper was killed by a 15-year-old who wanted the diamond watch. The teenager is the youngest of a group of four suspects who now face murder charges. The teenager confirmed shooting Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, in a taped interview.

“He admitted to shooting the victim three times with a 9mm Baretta,” Los Angeles Police Department Detective Carlos Camacho said during a preliminary hearing for one of four defendants in the case. . This defendant, Corey Walker, pleaded not guilty in this case. According to the detective, the teenager gave a detailed account of what happened.

The teenager admitted that the group asked for the jewelry and had a confrontation with Pop Smoke. “They fought and he shot her three times,” Camacho said. “He said he shot him in the back.”

The suspects were also looking for Pop Smoke’s Cuban link chain, but only got away with the Rolex – which they fencing for $2,000.

LAPD detectives have confirmed that the four suspects in the case are part of the same gang. Suspects learned the rapper was staying at a nearby Airbnb rental in the Hollywood Hills after posting the information on Instagram. They were able to read the address on a gift bag tag in a photo that included a large sum of money.

Pop Smoke’s humility on Instagram led to his death. Otherwise, these four suspects might have gone in search of the rapper without success. Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, have been charged with murder in the commission of a robbery and burglary, making them eligible for the death penalty.

On February 19 at around 4 a.m., the four men reportedly broke into the Hollywood Hills home where Pop Smoke was staying. At least one of them wore a black mask. The entertainer was shot three times and kicked at least once – he later died in a local hospital.

“We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke,” his label, Republic Records, said in a statement after his death. “Our prayers and thoughts are with his family, friends and fans as we mourn this loss together.” Pop Smoke died the same week and earned his No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for his second mixtape, Meet the Woo, V.2.

Floyd N. Morlan