Lost Boyz rapper Freaky Tah was fatally gunned down on Sunday morning as he was leaving a party near his home in Queens, New York, by a masked assailant who remains at-large.
Police have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, which the Associated Press reports occurred at about 4 a.m. on Monday when the gunman came up behind Tah and fired one shot into the back of his head.
The 27-year-old rapper, whose given name was Raymond Rodgers, was then rushed to nearby Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.
Authorities are hoping to question a few of Tah’s Lost Boyz bandmates about the shooting, as early reports suggest that they were at the party that Tah was leaving when shot.
The Lost Boyz formed back in 1994 and eventually earned gold sales for their 1996 album, “Legal Drug Money,” although the rappers hadn’t issued a record since 1997’s “Love, Peace & Nappiness.”
“I want everyone to know that I lost a brother,” Tah’s Lost Boyz
bandmate Pretty Lou said in a written statement.
“This black on black crime needs to stop,” fellow Lost Boyz member Mr. Cheeks added. “It needs to stop happening now. I’m very saddened that this has affected my brother, Tah. He was the Thunder and I was the Rain. I will truly miss him.”
The Lost Boyz record label, Universal Records, released a statement on Monday that read, “Universal Records is deeply saddened by the loss of Freaky Tah, and member of the Lost Boyz. We join the rest of his bandmates, family, friends and fans in mourning his loss and what is a tremendous loss to the music community.”