The family of slain rapper, Pop Smoke are reported to be preparing for a private gathering as they are in the process of having his body transported back to New York City for his upcoming funeral, TMZ reports.
The private gathering set up to honour the late MC will take place at a church in his hometown of Brooklyn. It will be more so a vigil and prayer service for Pop, with his funeral and burial service to be held at a later date.
Pop Smoke was shot and killed in a targeted hit in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Feb. 19). According to law enforcement sources, two to six individuals broke into a home the rapper was staying in in the Hollywood Hills section of L.A. At least one of them was concealing his face with a ski mask. During the break-in, shots were fired inside the home, some of which struck Pop. The intruders then reportedly fled.
During a press conference about the murder, the LAPD revealed they were notified about the crime by someone from “back East” who called and told them a house their friend was staying in was being robbed. Authorities continue to search for a motive in the crime, which some sources say could be gang-related.
The hip-hop community has been reeling over the ascendant rapper’s passing for the past few days including the Pop Smoke’s record label who released a statement on the sad situation.
Police are still looking suspects in the killing.