L-R: Lil JoJo, Chief Keef /Lil JoJo Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune
Retaliation for the unsolved September 4 murder of rapper Lil JoJo, 18, real name Joseph Coleman, has possibly led to multiple deaths and Chicago police are now investigating, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Lil JoJo was engaged in a war of words with rapper Chief Keef, real name Keith Cozart, who is signed to Interscope Records, home of Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent. Recklessly, JoJo taunted Keef, and associates Lil Durk and Lil Reese, in a diss track posted on YouTube. In a separate video, JoJo can be heard antagonizing an alleged Keef associate, who clearly responds, “I’ma kill you!” The tension escalated and threats were exchanged on Twitter, culminating with JoJo’s death mere hours later after he tweeted his location.
Chief Keef’s response?
Its Sad Cuz Dat N***a Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO
This response led to Keef being investigated by CPD and the rapper claiming that his account had been hacked. The teen rapper now lives in Los Angeles, but prosecutors want him in juvenile detention for his own safety:
“Anytime he is in Chicago, he is a potential target and anyone around him is in jeopardy, including innocent kids,” said Nicholas Roti, chief of the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Bureau.
Keef is currently on probation for pointing a gun at a police officer, and prosecutors claim that he violated probation by “holding a rifle in an online video,” reports the Tribune.
Both Keef and JoJo are allegedly affiliated with gangs and members have continued the feud online via Twitter and Facebook, leaving a digital trail for police to follow.
Police also believe the shootings are tied to a street gang conflict between the Lamron faction of the Black Disciples and the Gangster Disciples’ Brick Squad faction.
Among the homicides of interest to police is the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Keith Bonds on Sept. 17 at 59th Street and Normal Boulevard in the Englewood neighborhood.
Like Chief Keef, Bonds was affiliated with the Lamron faction, according to law enforcement sources, while police believe Lil Jojo had ties to the Brick Squad.
One source said gang investigators were also looking into whether Bonds and a teenage boy appeared together in a rap video taunting Lil Jojo after his homicide.
And investigators were trying to determine if the feud is tied to a homicide that occurred on the Dan Ryan Expressway a day after Lil Jojo’s homicide, sources said. Larry Porter, 25, was fatally shot by an occupant of a passing vehicle near 87th Street. Sources said the shooting may have stemmed from the conflict between Lamron and Brick Squad.
Chief Keef has continuously denied any involvement in Lil JoJo’s murder, and no charges have been filed against him.