“I remember his smile. He had the biggest, biggest smile. He’s just a handsome, young man; he’s always going to be with us,” Wiz told MTV News on Monday from his Los Angeles home.
On January 8, Khalifa’s uncle, 20-year-old Imani Porter was shot in the head while sitting in the parking lot of a Pittsburgh-area fast food restaurant. Porter was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The next day, 17-year-old Jaron Young turned himself in and was charged as an adult with criminal homicide.
After the news broke, Wiz took to Twitter to send a heartfelt rest-in-peace message. “Rest in peace Imani. Your with Allah now,” he wrote. “My uncle was younger and more level headed than all of us. I would have never seen this happening in a million years.”
Wiz pointed to the recurring waves of violence that plague his hometown. And while he and his family are no doubt sad, they’re holding up the best they can.
“We’re doing well, actually. He was a lot younger than us, so it’s really unfortunate,” Wiz said. “Being from where I’m from, Pittsburgh, it’s an up-and-down type of place. Right now, it’s not really a good time, and unfortunately, it hit home, so we’re all sad.”