Rapper Lil Marlo shot dead at 30 while driving car in what cops fear was a ‘targeted attack’

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RAPPER Lil Marlo has been gunned down in his home city of Atlanta in what police believe was a targeted attack.

The 30-year-old rising star was shot dead while driving his car along Interstate 285 late on Saturday night, say cops.

Marlo -real name Rudolph Johnson – was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before midnight.

Jacoby Hudson, a longtime friend and Atlanta defense lawyer, told the New York Times Marlo had just left a block party when he was killed.

“It’s heartbreaking, because I told Rudy it would end like this if he didn’t change the people he was around,” he said.

“He didn’t let the music save him. He still wanted to be in the neighborhood. He cared about people and he took care of people.

“He loved too many people, and his loyalty is probably what got him killed.”

His record label, Quality Control Music, announced the death in a social media post.

They said the father of two will be remembered as a man of great talent who feared nothing.

Detectives are now trying to work out if he was the victim of a drive-by-shooting or whether someone inside of the car shot him.

“At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” a police statement said.

The shooting came amid a spike in gun violence in Atlanta in recent weeks, following protests against the police killings of Rayshard Brooks there and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“It has to stop,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said last week.

Marlo had been a rising star at Quality Control Music, which he joined in 2017.

The label paid tribute to him on Instagram, posting an image of him with the words: “May you rest in peace.”

Marlo made his debut three years ago collaborating with rapper and friend Lil Baby on “2 The Hard Way”.

Earlier this year, he released “1st & 3rd” featuring Future, Gucci Mane and Lil Baby.

Pierre Thomas, chief executive of Quality wrote on Instagram: “So Much Potential That The World Didn’t Get A Chance To See. Love You Bro. It’s Really Hard For Me To Say RIP.”

Kevin “Coach K” Lee, the label’s chief operating officer, added: “You always had a smile on your face when we talked.

“If only everybody could’ve seen the pureness of your heart. This is such hard thing to do RIP Marlo. Prayers to your kids & family.”

Fellow rapper Lil Yachty referenced the tragic death in an Instagram post.

He said: “We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother.”

Plenty of fans also responded to the tragic news in the comments section.

One wrote: “Damn, swear this is so sad.”

Lil Marlo was well known in the hip hop community as he had already had success with such songs like “9 + Z6ne = 1’5,” “1st N 3rd,” and “F***em.”

Lil Marlo also had a very large Instagram following with close to 340K followers.

Most of his posts included photos of him on the road, callouts to his singles and even personal family photos.

His final post was six days ago which read: “Pull up on my Game & Support Da Kid Whole Westside Wit Me.”

On Father’s Day three weeks ago, he paid tribute to his children on Instagram: “Thanks For Making Me Y’all Father I Wouldn’t Trade Y’all For Da World.”

The rapper was raised in Bowen Homes, one of Atlanta’s most notorious and crime-ridden housing projects, which was demolished in 2009 after a string of killings.

“I know how to survive in the jungle,” said Marlo, who called his Bankhead neighborhood and the Bowen projects the “home of the murderers and them drug dealers.”

His music told of witnessing violence and crack sales from a young age.

He is survived by his mother, Santresa Maxey; his cousin, Denise Hill-Love, who helped raise him; and his two sons, R.J. and Marlo Jr.

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