JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)– It was a packed church as folks peacefully mourned the death of Lil’ Lonnie, a rapper from the city of Jackson.
Lil Lonnie was a 22-year old rapper with dreams of making it big in the music game, but that wasn’t just what friends and family reminicsed about Saturday.
“His little soft voice and his beautiful personality,” said Patricia Williams, a relative. “He was very sweet. None of this was a replica of who he was.”
Those who knew Lil Lonnie say the rapper was one with charisma and a good heart but he was simply taken away too soon.
“You can kill the person, but you cannot kill the soul,” said pastor Jeffery Stallworth. “You can take away the music but there is still a rhythm deeper than the heartbeat.”
Lil’ Lonnie was shot and killed Sunday as he drove down Montebello Drive. His death was the 32nd homicide in Jackson. There have been a total of 34 homicides this year according to the Jackson Police Department.
Leaders in the community say there are some things that need to be addressed so that there will be less violence in the city.
“When I think about the gun rights,” said Stallworth. “Second amendment, i think that we ought to do better. i think people still think life is a video game and that a person will come back. but there are consequences and it hurts tremendously to know that in our community we are having these kinds of shootings.”
Those who simply respected the young rapper’s presence in music say the young man definitely made his mark.
Police are still looking for a suspect in Lil Lonnie’s death. If you know who is responsible, call crimestoppers.