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Atlanta rapper King Von shot dead

By Tatenda Marwodzi

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It’s a sad day for the Hip Hop industry after one of the most promising artists passed away. 26-year-old King Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was shot dead outside an Atlanta night club in the early hours of Friday morning.Fellow artist Dj Akademics broke the news on his Instagram.

“It is with great sadness that I have to confirm that King Von has passed away. I spoke to his manager who luckily has survived being shot and is currently recovering in the hospital. However, Von manager did confirm that Von was shot and did not make it. RIP King Von.”

According to a statement by the Atlanta Department Police (APD), on 6 November at around 3 am, two groups of males started arguing outside Monaco Hookah Lounge. The brawl escalated into gunshots at which point it is believed King Von was shot. Two APD officers arrived on the scene and had a standoff with the shooters.

“Three suspects were located on-scene with gunshot wounds and were transported to the hospital by EMS. Three other suspects left the scene and were taken to the hospital by private vehicles. Two additional suspects were detained on the scene,” read the police statement.

King Von was one of the suspects transported by private car, unfortunately, he lost his life upon arriving at the hospital.

Tributes have been pouring in for the young artist, and amongst those who shared their condolences was singer Omarion who said: “Rest in power King Von. I saw the potential. I heard a few songs but more than that I saw him breaking bread with his family. I respect that. I Kinect with that. Words are powerful. We have to be mindful of the words we keep and speak. Sending love to his family and loved ones.”

King Von will be remembered for his immense talent which came through in his first official video The Code featuring Polo G.


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