American rapper Huey killed in a double shooting in his native community in Kinloch

Rapper Huey

An American St. Louis rapper Lawrence Franks Jr., who went by the stage name Huey was killed in a double shooting in Kinloch late yesterday Thursday night.

According to St Louis Dispatch-post, the shooting happened just before 11 p.m. in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kinloch.

The victim was best known in the rap community for his 2006 debut single, “Pop, Lock & Drop It.” He was a native of Kinloch.

St. Louis County police identified the victim 32-year-old Lawrence Franks Jr. Social media lit up overnight with reports of Huey’s death and condolences from relatives and fans. One of them, Bruce Franks Jr., said on Twitter, “They killed my lil cousin.”

Police said Franks was rushed to a hospital in a private car by someone at the scene, but Franks died after arriving at a hospital Thursday night. He had been shot at least once, police said. The second victim, a 21-year-old man, went to the Ferguson Police Department at 222 South Florissant Road after being shot, St. Louis County police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said. That man’s injuries were considered non-life-threatening, Granda said.

The two were shot in the front yard of a home in the 8100 blocks of Martin Luther King. As many as 10 people may have witnessed the shooting, police say, and detectives are asking witnesses to come forward to help police find the killer.

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St. Louis County police released no details Friday about a possible motive. Police also haven’t said if they have any suspects.

The crime-scene tape was put up in an area that included a home at 8173 Martin Luther King Boulevard, which is east of Interstate 170 and south of Airport Road. The two-bedroom brick bungalow has white columns and a lion statue in front, and a tarp partly covering the roof. St. Louis County property records list the home’s owner as Otis Hughes, who could not be reached for comment.

In a Post-Dispatch article in 2013, pop music critic Kevin C. Johnson wrote that “Pop, Lock & Drop It” was the debut single from Huey’s 2007 album “Notebook Paper,” and it flew straight into the top 10, making him one of a wave of St. Louis rappers finding popularity after Nelly and Chingy.

Huey attended Berkeley High School and McCluer High School before earning his GED. He has a teenage daughter, Lawryn. 

In 2013, he had signed a deal with rapper Waka Flocka Flame, but not much materialized from that and Huey had been relatively quiet on the music scene in recent years. Huey was said to be filming a new video this weekend. Huey’s manager in Georgia was called with news of his death at about 4 a.m. Friday.

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