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Minutes before Tampa rapper Rollie Bands was shot and killed, he invited his killers to his home.

Bands sent a social media challenge to his killers on Instagram.

"A lot of these n***as [know] where I live at [for real]. I sleep in peace. If a ni**a want smoke I'm at my crib in 5 mins."

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The killers pulled up 5 minutes later and opened fire.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call of a man down at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 22.

Deputies found the aspiring rapper laying face down in the parking lot of the IQ Apartments on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Bands was suffering from a single gunshot wound and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police say the unknown assailants fled the scene before deputies arrived.

Twitter users reacted to another senseless murder of a young man in the prime of his life.

One user wrote: "Internet got the youth all messed up. They post, snap, tweet or Facebook every single move they make. Always looking for validation."

Another person wrote: "people that hate you pay more attention to you than those who love you. y’all gotta be careful over these apps. everything ain’t always a joke."

A third person tweeted: "So basically he got exactly what he asked for. Nothing to see here folks. Hope his family doesn't gotta throw a fish fry to bury him."

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Police arrested two more suspects in the brazen daytime robbery and murder of aspiring drill rapper Moneygang Vontae (top left).

Nayson White, 25, and Allen Algarin, 23, were arrested in Georgia and extradited back to the Bronx Wednesday to face charges.

The arrests were announced on Thursday, according to the NY Daily News. The two suspects were originally arrested on a misdemeanor gun possession charge in McDuffie County, Ga., on June 29, police said.

Vontae, real name Avanti Frowner, 27, was attacked and shot multiple times in a Bronx pharmacy by four males who robbed him of his cash and a signature nameplate and chain.

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"He look like trouble," a pharmacy employee told NBC, referring to Vontae. "I saw that he had a lot of money. They looked like they [were] fighting or arguing, I don't know. I saw that one of them had a gun. I went back there to the pharmacist screaming, 'We have to move, have to move, because he have a gun, he have a gun!'"

The employee said Vontae begged for his life. "He said, 'Please, please, we can talk, we can talk."

Disturbing surveillance footage shocked viewers and went viral on social media.

On June 23, police arrested River Jones, an 18-year-old college student, and charged him with murder and gun possession.

Police suspect Jones (pictured top right) is the trigger man who shot and killed Vontae senselessly after robbing him.

Two more suspects are still at large, police say.

"They don't need to be on the streets no more – ever!" Vontae's dad, Roger Frowner, 56, told The NY Post. "If they kill somebody in broad daylight, inside of a store, they are treacherous."

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A college student was arrested in the June 9 shooting death of California drill rapper MoneyGang Vontae in a Bronx pharmacy.

River Jones, 18, was taken into custody by investigators Wednesday at his dorm building on the Monroe College campus in New Rochelle in Westchester County.

Jones is charged with murder in the brutal shooting death of 27-year-old MoneyGang Vontae, real name Avanti Frowner.

Police believe Jones was the triggerman. He is pictured above right in a surveillance photo.

Jones was one of four suspects who allegedly beat and robbed Vontae of cash and his signature gold chain with its distinctive custom nameplate spelled out in diamond chips.

The armed robbery occurred before 2 p.m. at the Amazing Community Pharmacy on E. Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, New York.

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Chilling surveillance footage from inside the pharmacy shows the moment Jones marched a nearly shirtless Vontae to the back of the pharmacy before shooting him four times.

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The NYPD released images of the suspects to the public. The other suspects are still at large.

"They don't need to be on the streets no more — ever!" Avanti's dad, Roger Frowner, 56, told The NY Post. "If they kill somebody in broad daylight, inside of a store, they are treacherous."

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A suspect is in custody following the Edgewater, NJ shooting early Wednesday that left 2 people wounded, including drill rapper Lil TJay (pictured).

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office charged Mohamed Konate with attempted murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses, NBC NY reports.

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Konate is being held in jail without bond. Police released Konate's mugshot late Wednesday.
 
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Officials say two shootings happened at the Promenade Apartment complex in Edgewater and an Exxon gas station just after midnight Wednesday, June 22.

Police arrived at the apartment complex to find Lil TJay, real name Tione Merritt, suffering from two gunshot wounds. Another man was found shot at the gas station nearby.

Authorities say Konate tried to rob the 21-year-old rapper who was with two other men, Jeffrey Valdez and Antoine Boyd. TJay and Boyd were shot during the armed robbery.

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TJay underwent emergency surgery and his condition was upgraded from critical to stable on Wednesday. Boyd is in stable condition.

Police arrested Boyd and Valdez and charged them with weapons possession after they were found to be in possession of handguns.

Rapper Casanova, who is in jail on unrelated charges, reached out to Lil Tjay following the news.

According to Vlad TV, Casanova advised TJay to wear a bullet proof vest and to move differently from now on.

TJay is the 4th drill rapper to be shot in recent weeks.

Casanova recently plead guilty to federal drug trafficking and racketeering charges in May. He faces 60 years in federal prison.

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Drill rapper Lil TJay was shot multiple times and underwent emergency surgery to save his life early Wednesday, June 22.

TJay, 21, is the fourth drill rapper to be shot in the past several weeks.

TMZ reports the rapper was shot just after midnight in Edgewater, NJ. The extent of his wounds and his condition are unknown.

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According to TMZ, there were 2 shooting sites and two victims -- one at a Chipotle Restaurant and another at a nearby Exxon Gas station.

The victim at the Chipotle restaurant was shot several times and the victim at the Exxon gas station was shot once.

The identity of the second victim is unknown.

The suspect or suspects are still at large.

Lil TJay made a name for himself as a teenager when he released his single "Resume." His debut studio album, True 2 Myself, was released in 2019.

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Instagram model and rapper Rubi Rose asked her Twitter followers to pray for Lil TJay in a tweet on Wednesday.

There were rumors that Rubi and Lil TJay were lovers and that he left her stranded in another state. But she has denied ever dating him.

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Chicago police are investigating reports that rapper FBG Cash's killers may have placed an Apple AirTag on his Kia SUV to easily track him after he left a club an hour before he was killed.

The 31-year-old drill rap legend was shot 13 times and killed in the early morning hours of June 10 in Chicago.

Surveillance video shows a black Cadillac blocking FBG Cash's Kia SUV at an intersection on the 1600 block of W. 81st Street. 2 men jumped out of the car and opened fire. Cash tried to flee on foot but he was gunned down.

The suspects remain at large.

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FBG Cash's five surviving children took a photo with a life-size cutout of their father at his funeral in Chicago last week.

Now there are rumors that the killers placed an Airtag on the undercarriage of his Kia SUV before he left a nightclub the morning of his murder.

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Apple released the first generation AirTags in 2021 to track the location of misplaced items such as keys and wallets.

But Apple has delayed launching second generation AirTags due to widespread news reports of criminals using the tracking devices to stalk victims.

A second generation AirTag may be equipped with anti-tracking features to prevent lawbreakers from using them to commit crimes.
 

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Two suspects have been charged in the shooting death of Compton rapper Slim 400. The rapper was killed in Inglewood, California in December. He was 33.

The aspiring rapper was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. His murder was captured on a Ring camera.

Michael Lanell Terry is charged with murder and gun possession while Tamra Lynn Bell is charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

Terry and Bell are being held in jail with bail amounts set at $3.025 million and $1 million, respectively, TMZ reports.

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Slim was a member of the Tree Top Pirus street gang which he allegedly joined when he was 13 years old.

He survived a previous attempt on his life when he was shot 9 times in the summer of 2019. His last Instagram Story is a track featuring him and the late rapper Young Dolph on a tombstone.

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The Los Angeles-based rapper who was murdered for his chain in a NYC pharmacy pleaded with the killer to spare his life.

Aspiring drill rapper Moneygang Vontae, who moved from Chicago to L.A., was in the Bronx, NY to scout locations for a music video on Thursday, June 9.

The 27-year-old was gunned down during an armed robbery at the Amazing Community Pharmacy on E. Tremont Avenue around 2 p.m., police say.

A pharmacy employee who witnessed part of the armed robbery said Vontae, real name Avanti Frowner, pleaded with his killer.

The worker, who is seen on surveillance video watching part of the altercation, said she heard Vontae begging for his life. "He said, 'Please, please, we can talk, we can talk," she told NBC New York.

She told NBC New York that the rapper made a purchase earlier that afternoon while at the pharmacy with a friend.

When he returned 20 minutes later, he was approached by two weed dealers who wanted to sell him weed, but he declined.

Four men then followed Vontae inside the pharmacy and a fight ensued before one assailant shot him four times.

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"He look like trouble," the pharmacy employee told NBC, referring to Vontae. "I saw that he had a lot of money. They looked like they [were] fighting or arguing, I don't know. I saw that one of them had a gun. I went back there to the pharmacist screaming, 'We have to move, have to move, because he have a gun, he have a gun!'"

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Before he was killed, Vontae was robbed of his custom chain, designer sneakers, a designer bag, cash, a pricey wristwatch and other valuables. One man tried to remove his skinny jeans, but couldn't get the $325 pants past his ankles.

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The NYPD released high-resolution surveillance images of 5 suspects seen loitering outside the pharmacy before and after the murder.

The suspects are still at large.

"They don't need to be on the streets no more – ever!" Vontae's dad, Roger Frowner, 56, told The NY Post. "If they kill somebody in broad daylight, inside of a store, they are treacherous."

"They made a mistake," Frowner continued. "They did the dumbest thing they could ever do in life. And I hope God will make them pay for it all."

"My son is gone," Roger Frowner said. "He's in another state, and I can't do nothing. So you know, a big-ass hole is in my heart."

Frowner said his son liked "everything that money could buy," and added that he "worked hard" for the jewelry he wore.

"That's all he did with his money, [buy] clothes, cars and jewelry," he told the Post.

"All I wanna say is I'll be glad when this is all over, because the memory will always be there," Frowner added. "You know I want justice for my son. I'm just hurt right now."

Vontae's grieving mother, Andrea Banks, posted about her son's death on Facebook on Thursday.

"They killed my Son MoneyGang Avanti Frowner Wolfpack I'm so heartbroken," she wrote, referring to the name he used on Facebook.

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Vontae's final Instagram post was a photo that showed him outside a Bronx bodega. He wore an all black outfit and his signature diamond chip nameplate on a gold chain. He also wore black skinny jeans with the words "Rest in peace" and "Rest in power" on each knee.

He captioned the post, "I Got Use To Counting So Much Money I Got Paper Cuts!!"

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Los Angeles-based drill rapper MoneyGang Vontae was killed by a Bronx robbing crew after he flashed cash and jewelry on Instagram.

MoneyGang Vontae, real name Avanti Frowner, posted flashy photos of himself on Instagram while visiting the Bronx, New York with a friend on Thursday. Vontae also dropped his location in his posts.

He captioned his final post, "I got used to counting so much money I got paper cuts!!"

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A robbing crew lurking on his timeline tracked him down and followed him into a pharmacy on Thursday.

The goons stripped his clothes off of him, beat him with an umbrella, then shot him multiple times before snatching his prized gold chain with his rap name, "Moneygang Vontae" spelled out in diamond chips.

The shocking crime was caught on the pharmacy's surveillance video.

Police say the crew approached Vontae and a friend inside the pharmacy and asked if they wanted to buy weed. When they declined, the five thugs demanded his gold chain and other personal property.

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Store video shows several men piling on top of a nearly shirtless Vontae near the back of the pharmacy, as frightened employees fled down the back stairs.

One thug picked up an umbrella and beat Vontae while another man stripped his pants off of him.

As Vontae crawled behind the pharmacy counter, a robber wearing a white tee and a white durag shot him several times, killing him.

One of the thugs snatched his gold chain off his neck before fleeing the store.

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The NYPD released images of the 5 men seen on store surveillance video.

Vontae's friend, who was not harmed, returned to their hotel and told the desk clerk that Vontae had been killed.

Vontae is the latest drill rapper to die from gun violence. On Friday, Chicago drill legend FBG Cash, 31, was shot 13 times and pronounced dead in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

FBG Cash, real name Tristan Hamilton, was a member of the Chicago "Fly Boy Gang", also called the Clout Boyz or "Tooka gang." The best known FBG member, rapper FBG Duck, born Carlton Weekly, 26, was gunned down in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood in August 2020.

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Court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals new details about the death of Atlanta rapper Trouble DTE, aka Skoob.

Trouble, real name Mariel Semont Orr, was shot in the chest and died at Lake St. James apartment complex in Conyers, Georgia around 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

The rapper was visiting the apartment of a woman identified as aspiring rapper Rissa Royce when he was ambushed by her ex-boyfriend and killed.

He had drove to the apartment complex in his yellow Lamborghini.

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Trouble was asleep in bed with Royce when her ex-boyfriend, Jamichael Jones, 33, let himself in to the apartment using his key.

According to court records, Royce was awakened when Jones punched her in the face. Trouble woke up and began fighting with Jones. When Royce tried to help Trouble, Jones pulled a pistol and fatally shot Trouble.

Royce's daughter reportedly called 911 while neighbors performed CPR on Trouble. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Royce told police she and Jones dated for three years but broke up after he punched her in the nose during an argument about a week earlier, court records show.

She hadn't seen Jones since then, and he had not come back to the apartment to retrieve his belongings, she said.

Royce allegedly shared photos of the murder scene on her private Instagram page.

One photo shows a blood soaked carpet next to a front door. A pair of red socks lay on the carpet and blood is spattered on the walls.

Jones surrendered to Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies late Monday night.

Sheriff Eric Levett said Jones turned himself in after his mother put him on the phone with an investigator.

"His mother was a huge resource in helping us apprehend him," Levett told Channel 2 Action News following his arrest Monday night. "Nobody wakes up in the morning wanting a bad outcome."

Jones was booked in the Rockdale County Jail on charges of felony murder, home invasion and aggravated assault. He was denied bond at a hearing Tuesday morning. He is expected in court again June 15.
 

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Vince Staples called out major record labels for signing violent gang members to recording deals.

Vince, 28, stopped by Hot 97 morning show for an interview. He blasted record labels for signing violent gang bangers to recording deals.

It's an open secret that labels earn more money if high-risk rappers are killed after they are signed to deals.

"The truth of the matter when it comes to hip-hop in my opinion is like we gotta stop pretending like we care about these people," said Vince. "This is a business, they want to use you and destroy you, get your money and it's better for their business if you're dead."

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Vince Staples says it's odd that record labels hold albums to release when rappers, such as Pop Smoke (pictured) are killed, rather than release the music while they're alive.

"When you hear N.O.R.E. and all those other people talk about the role that their A&R's and executives had in their life, moving them out and doing certain things for them, like when Snoop talks about Master P moving him out to New Orleans. I don't think anyone's doing that anymore. I think they see the money in the violence. Back then, the violence ruined the money."

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King Von (pictured), FBG Duck, Mo3, and MF Doom were among the two dozen rappers shot and killed in 2020.

They all sold more records after they were killed.

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Rapper Kodak Black was shot in the leg outside Justin Bieber's after-party in Los Angeles on Friday night. Witnesses say the shootout occurred after Kodak was denied entry into Bieber's party at The Nice Guy restaurant in L.A. on Friday.

As the rapper and his entourage were heading to their cars, one of his crew got into a fight with a man in the parking lot — and Kodak jumped in to assist his pal.

According to TMZ, gunshots rang out, sending people scattering in all directions. Kodak was hit in the leg and three others were also shot. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Kodak was transported to a hospital where he is listed in stable condition, according to TMZ.

Video obtained by TMZ shows the chaos that erupted outside the celebrity hotspot.
 

 
Police said they have a description of the suspect but no arrests have been made.

Bieber had performed at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood before hosting his afar-party at The Nice Guy.

Kodak was among the people pardoned by President Donald Trump last year. The troubled rapper is the latest victim of California's out-of-control crime wave.

A female bank robbery suspect in Georgia reportedly fled back to liberal California where lawmakers are soft on crime and criminals literally get away with murder.

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Surveillance footage from outside a Memphis cookie store shows a man firing at two suspects who fatally shot rapper Young Dolph.

Dolph, 36, was shot multiple times by two gunmen firing into Makeda's Butter Cookies store on Airway Blvd Wednesday. Dolph was pronounced dead at the scene.

A photo circulating on social media shows the shattered storefront windows where the gunmen opened fire.

Images from the surveillance video shows a man dressed in all black armed with a Draco AK-47 firing at a white Mercedes Benz speeding away from the scene.

The man was arrested by Memphis police. He has not been identified.

The assailants are still at large.

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In related news, aspiring rapper Soulja Boy was dropped from the 2021 Millenium Tour stops in St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee.

Soulja Boy reportedly had beef with Dolph on social media and allegedly threatened his life a few days before he was killed.

The rapper responded on social media, writing, "I'm still getting paid. What him dying got to do with me? I'm tryna see my fans."

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Surveillance footage caught the moment 2 masked gunmen took aim at beloved Memphis rapper Young Dolph as he stood inside a cookie shop on Wednesday.

Witnesses say the gunmen drove up in a vehicle, jumped out and opened fire on Dolph while he was inside Makeda's Butter Cookies in South Memphis.

Dolph was shot twice and pronounced dead at the scene. The gunmen are still at large.

The images, which appear to be taken from surveillance footage, circulated on Twitter.com on Wednesday. The photos show two gunmen outside Makeda's Butter Cookies store -- one holding an assault rifle and the other wielding a pistol.

The images were validated by three independent law enforcement sources who spoke to local news outlet FOX 13 on Thursday.

Dolph was in his hometown on Wednesday to hand out turkeys -- an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

The rapper was a frequent visitor to the cookie store whenever he was in town. The owner of Makeda's Butter Cookies, Maurice Hill, said Dolph arrived at the store around 1 p.m. to buy his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

The shop posted video of a recent visit by Dolph on its Instagram page.
 

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Memphis rapper Young Dolph was killed inside a cookie shop by an unknown gunman, law enforcement officials confirmed. He was 36.

The shooting occurred at Makeda's Butter Cookies on Airways Boulevard, according to WHBQ. He was a frequent visitor to the shop to buy cookies.

The assailant ran into the shop and shot Dolph twice. The rapper, born Adolph Thornton, Jr., reportedly returned fire before expiring.

Last month, Dolph performed at ONE Musicfest at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia (above).

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Dolph, pictured in Atlanta in 2018, was best known for his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.

His second album, Rich Slave was released in 2020 and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Crowds gathered at the crime scene and filmed the aftermath with their cell phones.

"Bruh they done killed Young Dolph bro what the f***... bro ain't no way these folks done just killed Dolph," a bystander said. "Ain't no way these folks just straight came and ran down on Dolph."

The rapper was previously shot outside a retail store in Hollywood, Los Angeles on September 26, 2017. He survived three gunshot wounds.