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The exotic dancer who was with rapper Trouble DTE when he was killed by her ex-boyfriend is speaking out.

Rissa Royce was in her apartment with Trouble when he was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend, Jamichael Jones, earlier this month in Conyers, Georgia.

Royce deleted her Instagram page in the days following Trouble's death. Over the weekend, she returned to Instagram to comment about Trouble's death in an Instagram Story.

"It took a lot for me to put my page back up," she wrote.

"I don't like the evil things that's being said about me all the false narratives, & the threats, I don't have nothing to prove to social media to the ones that know me personally know my heart is gold & my story will be told... this situation has mentally messed me up & traumatized me. God got me... [long live] Trouble. My Angel."

According to court documents, Royce and Jones, also an aspiring rapper, broke up a week before Trouble's murder, after Jones punched her in the nose during an argument.

Royce allegedly posted a photo of the bloody crime scene on her Instagram page. The photo was reposted on social media.

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Trouble was laid to rest in Decatur, Georgia on Monday, June 13.

In addition to family members and fans, dozens of Bloods gang members were in attendance wearing matching red suits and red bandanas.

Rapper Boosie Badazz was overcome with emotion as he spoke at Trouble's funeral.

"I wanna tell Trouble thank you," he said as he wiped away tears. "He always supported me... I'm hurting for y'all because I'm hurting for five years. You know, I wasn't with him thirty years, you know. So, I just wanna tell that ni**a thank you."

Watch the video below.
 

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Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault rifles at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, the oldest victim of the shooting at the Tops Friendly supermarket in Buffalo, NY on May 14.

Whitfield, 86, was the last of the 10 victims to be buried on Saturday.

VP Harris was not scheduled to speak at Whitfield's funeral on Saturday. She was invited to deliver remarks by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Harris said assault rifles and similar long guns have no place in a civil society.

"Let's have an assault weapons ban. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in civil society," she said.

"This is a moment that requires all good people, all God-loving people to stand up and say we will not stand for this," she added.

"Enough is enough. We will come together based on what we all know we have in common, and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us feel fear."

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After the funeral, VP Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff placed flowers at a memorial at the site of the shooting.

Later Harris told reporters that the Biden administration is not "sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like" to the nation's gun violence problem.

"Background checks: Why should anyone be able to buy a weapon that can kill other human beings without at least knowing: Hey, that person committed a violent crime before, are they a threat against themselves or others?"

Harris' remarks were well-received on Twitter. Many voters said, if Harris can convince lawmakers to ban assault weapons, she should be the first woman president of the US.

The Buffalo massacre and last week's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that claimed 21 lives were committed by troubled teenagers who legally purchased their weapons.

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The Buffalo supermarket killer is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

The Uvalde, Texas shooter was finally gunned down an hour after he shot 32 people in two classrooms at Robb Elementary.
 
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The parents of deceased NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. didn't attend his funeral in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 22.

The Steelers star died after he was hit by a dump truck and another vehicle on I-595 in Fort Lauderdale on April 9.

Steelers players and staff arrived at Allegheny Center Alliance Church to pay their respects to their teammate.

The family released a statement saying they didn't attend his funeral because they have never met Haskins' wife, Kalabrya, and did not want his funeral to be their first meeting.

Assault charges were dropped against Kalabrya earlier this year after she punched Haskins and knocked his tooth out during a verbal dispute last year.
 
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Haskins, 24, and his wife, Kalabrya, were married in March 2021.

Haskins' parents, Dwayne Sr. And Tamara, said they plan to hold a public memorial service in New Jersey and Maryland this weekend, MSN reports.

Haskins was born in New Jersey and went to high school in Maryland.

He celebrated his wife's birthday in an Instagram post that shows her graduating from beauty school.

He captioned the post:

"I'll be your groupie baby, because you are my superstar" Singing Happy Birthday to my beautiful wifey @kalabryahaskins super proud of what you've been able to accomplish despite all the obstacles that come your way..."

Kalabrya released a message about Haskins' funeral services on April 19.

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The city of Memphis is honoring fallen rapper Young Dolph by naming a street after him in his hometown.

According to TMZ, the City of Memphis just announced plans to change a street name to honor the rapper who was shot and killed in a Memphis cookie store on Nov. 17.

The unveiling of the new street sign is set for Dec. 15 at an intersection near the Memphis Depot Industrial Park.

The new name was proposed by city councilman JB Smiley who waited until getting the green light from the family.

The family said the new street name is a reminder to residents in the Castalia Heights community of someone who worked hard and persevered.

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"He sent the message that someone who went to the same schools as them, and walked the same streets that they do, was able to not only create a successful legacy for himself, but also prioritized family and community."

Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton Jr., was laid to rest during a private funeral in Memphis on Tuesday, Nov. 30. He was buried in a 24K gold casket. The services were handled by N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home.

R&B singer Monica was among the celebs attending the homegoing services.

The Makeda Homemade Butter Cookies shop on Airway Boulevard where Dolph was slain by unknown gunmen is still boarded up and has become a shrine to Dolph.

The downtown Makeda's Cookies location has reopened.
 

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Travis Scott has offered to cover the funeral expenses for fans who died at his Astroworld Festival.

TMZ reports Scott will fully cover any and all funeral costs for the 8 people who passed away at the concert this weekend.

The families haven't said if they will accept his offer. A few families created GoFundMe accounts to raise funeral expenses.

According to TMZ, Scott will partner with BetterHelp -- a network of mental health professionals -- to offer mental health services, for free.

Scott also announced he will refund all tickets to Astroworld.

The troubled rapper is desperate to repair his public image amid reports that he has a history of encouraging his fans to harm themselves.

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Bryanna Morales, 17, poses at a makeshift memorial on the NRG Park grounds near where 8 people died. Morales was among hundreds injured during a crowd surge on Friday night.

Morales says she was knocked down twice and injured her foot during the concert. She says "the medical staff was not properly trained. I was taken into the medical tent because I was having a hard time breathing and all they did was hand me a bottle of water and told me to sit in the corner."

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Comedian Michael Blackson sparked outrage when he asked his fans to Cash app him money to help pay fellow comedian AJ Johnson's funeral expenses.

Johnson, 55, apparently suffered a heart attack in a store and died earlier this month.

His body lay in a morgue for weeks until the coroner used his dental records to identify him and contacted his family.

In a post on social media, Blackson said he received a call from Johnson's former management and his wife.

He said Johnson's wife -- who was separated from him for years -- was "in tears".

"Apparently no one has heard from AJ for about a couple of weeks," Blackson wrote.

"Get to find out he had a heart attack in some store on Sept. 6th and was taken to the hospital where he died a day later [shaking my head]. He had no identification on him and I'm shocked no one from the [Los Angeles] hospital recognized him to tell the world."

Blackson went on to say Johnson "left this world with absolutely nothing".

It's unclear how Blackson knew Johnson's financial status at the time of his death. He readily admitted that neither Johnson's former manager or wife had heard from him in years.

Then Blackson provided his Cash app ID, a mobile payment app, and asked his followers to send him money. He wrote: "at the end of the day I'll match it and send to his family to bury him. Thanks."

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However, his followers accused Blackson of pulling a "scam" and they wondered why celebs who display material wealth on social media while asking fans to send them money.

One Rhymeswithsnitch commenter wrote:

"Do these celebrities realize that most black folks are BROKE due to the unemployment of the pandemic? How about they budget THEIR money, and go a week without a $400k watch and contribute their own damn money! Folks got their own bills and loved ones to care for and bury. Y'all niggas (in Hollywood) love bragging on social media about what y'all got, so put your money where your mouth is and give that good brother a NICE send-off!"

Another reader wrote:

"MBlackstone was just on Cribs stunting. Just pay for the funeral already."

And a third person wrote:

"Everyday people already contribute by supporting these celebrities so it's only fair these celebrities contribute by supporting their own."

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Antoine Dodson, best known for going viral in 2010 after he declared "Hide yo kids, hide yo wife" in a news interview -- is mourning the death of his mother.

Antoine tells TMZ that his mom, Jennifer, died Sunday at a hospital in Decatur, Alabama. Antoine said her death came as a shock because he thought she was doing better after recent health issues.

Antoine says his mom began having problems with her leg around the time he became Internet famous. Her leg was amputated a few months ago. An infection set in and she was transferred to the ICU, but Antoine says she was getting better, according to TMZ.

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Sadly, Jennifer took a turn for the worse and Antoine got the call on Sept. 12 that his mom had passed. He tells TMZ doctors believe she died of heart failure.

Antoine, 35, is asking for donations to cover his mother's funeral expenses. He says because of the pandemic, he's strapped for cash and really needs help.

Antoine created a GoFundMe account to raise cash. As of Friday morning, over $6,000 was raised of his $9,000 goal.

He wrote in the summary:

"I'm not in a financial position to put my mom to rest and so I'm asking for your help, even if you can't I appreciate all the love and support coming, God bless us all!! Thank you."

Antoine renounced his homosexuality in 2013 and disappeared from the limelight.
 

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The family of slain Instagram model Jenae Gagnier is praising Cardi B for checking trolls who justified her murder because she was a sex worker.

Jenae, who was known to her fans as Mercedes Morr, 33, was strangled to death in her Houston home on Aug. 28 by a stalker who became obsessed with her.

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In an emotional Instagram Story, Cardi B chastised trolls who justified Jenae's death due to her occupation as a sex worker.

Jenae's parents, Jeaneta Grover and Mark Gagnier, say they're thankful to Cardi and they invited her to their daughter's funeral.

Grover tells TMZ the family is grateful Cardi brought awareness to her daughter's tragic death. She said Cardi took the attention off of her daughter's alleged murderer and put it back on Jenae.

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Mark Gagnier called 911 after he kicked in the door and found his daughter dead at the Cortland Apartments in the 5200 block of Pointe West Circle at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

In the kitchen, Jenae's killer, Kevin Accorto, 34, was barely alive with a knife buried in his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gagnier says Accorto spent two days in Jenae's "destroyed" apartment, scrawling rambling messages on the walls and doors.

The family tells TMZ Jenae was a huge fan of Cardi B's. They reached out privately to the Atlanta rapper to extend an invite to the memorial service on Saturday in Houston.

There is no pressure on Cardi to attend the celebration of life. The family says they understand she's a busy woman and they're just thankful Cardi brought awareness to the case.

Grover says if Cardi does show up, her daughter would have been blown away and excited, and everyone would just be grateful she took the time to pay her respects and send love.

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Earlier, I reported that rapper Megan Thee Stallion (right) helped to cover the funeral costs for a fan who died unexpectedly.

Due to information on social media and in a GoFundMe page, Sandrarose.com incorrectly identified Shaniah Leigh Scales as a male-to-female transgender.

I apologize for the error.

Sherri writes:

"You reported that Shaniah Leigh Scales whose funeral was partially funded by Megan The Stallion was a Male to Female trans.This is absolutely incorrect. There is zero information you could have received to validate this.Shaniah was my niece. She was my sister's daughter. She was born a female and died a female. You need to retract your error and apologize to the family. Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device."

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Megan Thee Stallion helped cover the funeral costs for a fan who died unexpectedly. The "WAP" rapper was made aware of her fan's untimely death on social media.

"Meg we lost a hottie ... our best friend passed away unexpectedly. They absolutely loved you, listening to ur songs was something we did every time we were together. We're helping their family w funeral costs. We started a gofundme & are halfway there. @theestallion."

"How much do y'all need?" Megan responded.

According to a GoFundMe page, Shaniah Leigh Scales passed away of unknown causes.

Over $16,000 was raised in 3 days. A friend of the deceased fan responded to critics who claimed the campaign was a scam.

"Sad I have to even tweet this but I've been receiving a lot of messages that apparently we are scamming people. I wish my best friend's death was not real but this is 100% true. We don't need to involve anyone to try and get money for no reason. Shaniah's service will be this Sat."

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Fans of rapper DMX, aka Dark Man X, lined the streets outside Brooklyn's Barclay Center where his star-studded memorial is being held.

DMX's casket arrived on the back of a monster truck escorted by bikers and record label executives wearing Ruff Ryders gear.

The rapper, real name Earl Simmons, died on April 9 at age 50 from a heart attack after an apparent drug overdose.

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DMX's family and friends will be in attendance at his Celebration of Life ceremony on Saturday at 4 pm ET. The memorial service is closed to the public, but fans can view the ceremony live on his YouTube channel here.

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A second celebrity tribute to DMX will be broadcast live on BET Sunday at 2:30 pm ET from a church in New York City.

Tune into the livestream here.

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DMX will be remembered with a virtual memorial service live-streamed from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, April 24.

The hip-hop legend, real name Earl Simmons, passed away on April 9, after suffering a heart attack at his home on April 2nd. He was 50.

DMX's family and friends will be in attendance at his Celebration of Life ceremony on Saturday at 4 pm ET. Fans are invited to watch the homegoing ceremony via live-stream over on DMX's official YouTube channel.

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A statement explained that attendance is restricted to family and close friends "solely due to health and safety guidelines" due to Covid.

Streams and downloads of DMX's songs soared after his death. A total of 75.7 million audio and video streams were counted on April 9 and 10, WENN.com reported.

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Rumor had it that Jay and Bey planned to split the proceeds from the streaming sales with DMX's 15 children.

But the late rapper's family members shot down the rumors.

"No one has bought Earl's masters," the family said in a statement to Billboard.

The family also urged fans to be aware of anyone selling merchandise to raise funds for DMX's funeral.

Tune into the livestream here on Saturday.

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Britain's newspapers featured Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone at the funeral for Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and an infection.

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Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on June 10, 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947. Prince Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years.

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Royal family members look on as Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the funeral of her late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II sits alone and watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral inside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021.

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A tearful Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, attends the funeral for his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex follow Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's coffin during the Ceremonial Procession during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to attend the funeral ceremony of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021.

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Prince Philip's only daughter, Princess Anne, walks solemnly behind the green Land Rover Defender that carries her father the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin

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Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (center) made a rare appearance at the funeral for Britain's Prince Philip on April 17. Andrew walked alongside Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2nd L), Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2nd R) and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, (R).

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Scouts watch Prince Philip's funeral projected on a wall in Jinja, Uganda on April 17, 2021. Around 100,000 Ugandans have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award since its conception, and the Prince visited Uganda twice in 1954 and 2007 with the Queen.

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Help is on the way for Americans who struggle to pay funeral expenses for loved ones who died of Covid-19.

Funeral directors say funeral expenses can range from $1,100 for cremation to $30,000.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a program that will reimburse funeral expenses up to $7,000 for families of loved ones who died of Covid-19.

Recipients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and provide funeral receipts for a loved one who died from Covid-19 after January 2020.

The $2 billion program is set to begin in April 2021 and will be funded through the $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief legislation enacted in March.

FEMA will being accepting applications in April. Reimbursement will be provided via check or direct deposit.

Anyone who received funeral insurance benefits will not be reimbursed under the program.

According to FEMA's website:

  • An official death certificate must indicate the cause of death was Covid-19
  • The death happened in the United States
  • The person applying for funds must be either a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • The deceased person does not have to be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
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    Rapper Plies shared a video showing off his new porcelain dental caps after he presided over the burial of his gold teeth recently.

    "It's a sad day today y'all. It's a very sad day today," said Plies.

    "We all gathered here today to bury my gold teeth. Finally did it man. Finally took my old gold teeth out ya'll, Been a long time coming but change gon' come. All dese years boy... But like they say, all great thangs must come to an end. So, finna bury my gold teeth. Let us all bow our heads, Heavenly father thank you for giving me dese gold teeth. Made a lot of money with them, and ate some of the best nookie this world has ever seen, but moving forward it's a different me. I don't know what umma do."

    Plies captioned the video with a vulgar reference to eating non-edible lady parts with his gold teeth.

    Question: Are you glad Plies removed his gold teeth and he's getting his grown man on?