Rapper BTY YoungN Murdered In New Orleans

Rapper BTY YoungN was murdered last night in his native New Orleans.

At around midnight on Saturday night, the rapper started trending on Twitter with several of his fans tweeting the hashtag #RIPBTY. He was shot multiple times and killed on Airline Highway in Hollygrove, New Orleans, NOLA reported. Multiple witnesses confirmed on Twitter that the 27-year-old rapper died on the scene.

“On behalf of YoungN’s friends and family, we ask that you please respect their privacy at this time,” reads a statement posted on his Facebook page. “We will post arrangements once they are available, we will post for his fans. If you have any information on his murder, please contact Crime stoppers of Greater New Orleans.”

BTY YoungN, whose real name is Desmone Jerome, was a member of Birdman‘s group Rich Gang. Police are investigating the the murder but have not released the name of the victim. One of his cousins name Glen Bell identified him as Jerome saying that he was a very positive and influential upcoming rapper in their community. “He was a very uplifting individual,” Bell said. “A very positive individual. Very impactful.”