Promising Rich Gang affiliate BTY YoungN was shot and killed last night (April 29), in his hometown of New Orleans.

The N.O. MC, born Desmone Jerome, was gunned down at a Shell gas station in the Hollygrove section of the city, reports The Times Picayune. At this point, details on the situation are sparse.

Last night, over 100 spectators gathered around the scene of the crime after cops swarmed the service station and blocked off nearby roads. "He was a very uplifting individual," Glenn Bell, who identified himself as a cousin of Jerome, told the TP. "A very positive individual. Very impactful. Rap is his career, not was. He's going to live on."

BTY was building a promising career, and has recently been closely affiliated with Birdman's Rich Gang outfit. Last year, he enjoyed a NOLA Music Awards win for “Breakout Artist of the Year.” In November, he put out the mixtape, I Ain't Sorry for the Wait.

A statement on the rapper's Facebook page confirmed the passing. It reads: "On behalf of YoungN's friends and family, we ask that you please respect their privacy at this time. We will post arrangements once they are available, we will post for his fans. If you have any information on his murder, please contact Crime stoppers of Greater New Orleans."

R.I.P. BTY YoungN.

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