Lonnie DaGoat, popular Baltimore rapper, was shot dead at age 24

The hip-hop community has been rocked by the loss of popular Maryland rapper Delon Bushrod Jr. – known by his stage name LonnieDaGoat – who was shot dead in Baltimore earlier this week. He was 24 years old.

The tragedy came to light Tuesday morning after police responded to reports of an unresponsive man at the 2800 block of Bookert Drive in Cherry Hill, The Baltimore Sun reported. When they arrived, Baltimore City medics had pronounced the victim dead at the scene, and his mother, Kia Fenner-Bushrod, subsequently confirmed his identity to authorities.

Fenner-Bushrod was reportedly concerned after her son, who called her every night, stopped responding to her calls, CBS Baltimore reported. She then saw a Facebook post about a dead body in Cherry Hill, prompting her to show up at the scene with a picture of Bushrod Jr. showing his tattoos. This is how the police identified the killed rapper.

“There’s an emptiness in my heart right now,” his mother said. “I just want people to remember my son as a talented young man whose life was cut short because of someone’s stupidity.”

"My family is not doing well at the moment.  we are not good" said the slain rapper's mother, Kia Fenner-Bushrod. "It's my only son."
“My family is not doing well at the moment. We’re no good,” said the slain rapper’s mother, Kia Fenner-Bushrod. “This is my only son.”
Facebook/Kia Fenner Bushrod

It’s still unclear when the up-and-coming hip-hopper was gunned down, but residents of Bookert Drive had reported hearing a single gunshot the night before.

Authorities have not named any suspects in the murder and are urging anyone with information about the killer to call the police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7 Lockup.

The identity and motive of Bushrod Jr.'s killer are still unclear.
The identity and motive of Bushrod Jr.’s killer are still unclear.
Instagram/LonnieDaGoat

At the time of his death, LonnieDaGoat had a YouTube channel with over a million views and nearly 4,000 subscribers with a strong following among young fans. In one post, the rapper said he wanted to convey a “positive image” to young people. He also frequently performed his songs – many of which refer to Cherry Hill – in schools in Baltimore.

Bushrod Jr.’s family remembers the late lyricist as ambitious, charismatic and gifted with incredible musical ability.

“His talent? It was out of this world,” Fenner-Bushrod said.

Bushrod Jr. was popular with Baltimore youth and performed frequently at schools across the city.
Bushrod Jr. was popular with Baltimore youth and performed frequently at schools across the city.
Facebook/Delon Bushrod

“My brother was just destined for greatness,” said Deairra Bushrod, 22, the rapper’s heartbroken sister. “He loved writing music.”

Fenner-Bushrod announced on Facebook that the family will be holding a candlelight vigil for “Lil Delon” on Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. She urged mourners to bring “black and gold balloons and candles” to honor her son.

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