Rapper King Von was shot to death early Friday morning in Atlanta. King Von, whose real name is Dayvon Bennett, was shot outside of an Atlanta hookah lounge at around 3:20 a.m. before being rushed to the hospital. It started with an altercation between two groups and escalated to shots being fired. Undercover police officers were on scene and shots were fired from their end as well. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, King Von was one of three to pass from their injuries while another three are being treated at the hospital for their injuries. It is still unclear if the men were shot by officers or suspects part of the group.
He was only 26 years old and gaining popularity.
Born and raised in Chicago, King Von was part of Chi Towns notorious Drill rap scene. Drill music is a sub genre of rap music highlighting violence and the dark side of street life. Popular artists to come out of the Chicago Drill scene are Chief Keef, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Fredo Santana, Chance The Rapper and more.
King Von was signed to Lil Durks record label called Only The Family and EMPIRE Distribution. Von was shot the same night as his first album release party. This tragic news comes three short months after the death of fellow Chicago rapper FBG Duck. FBG Duck was killed in August from a gunshot wound.
Many celebrities offer condolences and prayers to Vons family. Lebron shared a tweet saying, “Rest Easy Von! Bronny, Bryce, and I rocked with his music and story telling!” Successful Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper also shared a tweet saying, “Rip Von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it”
Violence, murder, and drugs circle hip hop music like a dark ring. Too often we have heard sad news about the deaths of up and coming rappers. Earlier this year New York rapper Pop Smoke was on his way up to stardom before being gunned down during an alleged robbery in LA. Juice Wrld died of an accidental overdose at the end of 2019 at the young age of 21 right after earning nationwide success and the life of FBG Duck was snatched from him before enjoying complete success.
King Vons death is still under investigation. According to USA Today Timothy Leeks was charged with his murder and is now in custody.