18-year-old man admits to fatally shooting rapper Pop Smoke

An 18-year-old man charged with the fatal 2020 shooting of Pop Smoke admitted to killing the rapper in juvenile court on Friday. The defendant, who was 15 years old at the time of the crime, admitted a juvenile court petition charging him with first-degree murder in the February 19, 2020 death of Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Jackson. He also admitted to the burglary and the allegations that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm during the crime.18-year-old man admits to fatally shooting rapper Pop Smoke.

The man is expected to remain in a state youth center until he turns 25. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge J. Christopher Smith told the 18-year-old and his 19-year-old co-defendant that Jackson “lost his life without good reason.” “You have no right to take someone’s life. You have no right to take someone’s property,” Smith said, according to City News Service.

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18-year-old man admits to fatally shooting rapper Pop Smoke in Hollywood Hills home

Three other people were charged in Jackson’s death: another underage defendant at the time of the crime and Corey Walker and Keandre Rodgers, who were 19 and 18, the Associated Press reported. A judge has issued an injunction prohibiting the media from identifying the accused minors.


The 18-year-old’s admission comes after a 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting in April. Pop Smoke, 20, was an up-and-coming rap star from Brooklyn known for songs like “For the Night” and “What You Know Bout Love.” Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby and Travis Scott were among the rap stars who collaborated with the late artist.

On February 19, 2020, a group of people, including one wearing a mask and armed with a gun, broke into the rapper’s rental home in the Hollywood Hills. The rapper, who was on a four-day trip to Los Angeles, shared an Instagram post that revealed the address.

The defendants broke into Jackson’s room and confronted him in a shower, where the 15-year-old boy pistol-whipped the rapper and shot him three times in the back, according to testimony. They fled with Jackson’s watch, a diamond-encrusted Rolex that sold for $2,000.Read More……


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