Four Charged After Cold-Blooded Murder of Hip-Hop Artist Pop Smoke in Los Angeles

Written by Ann Brown
Four people have finally been charged after the cold-blooded murder of hip-hop artist Pop Smoke in Los Angeles in February. FILE PHOTO*** Rapper Pop Smoke Murdered In Home Invasion Robbery. MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 1: Pop Smoke performs at the Sean Combs New Year’s Eve Party on Star Island in Miami Beach in Miami, Florida on January 1, 2020. Credit: Walik Goshorn/MediaPunch /IPX

Brooklyn-born hip-hop artist Pop Smoke was on the verge of massive stardom. But on February 19, 2020, he was murdered in a Hollywood Hillis, California, home. Authorities say they have arrested those involved in the home invasion in which Pop Smoke was shot twice and died. 

Authorities said four hooded men entered the home at about 4:30 AM on February 19; one of them wore a ski mask and carried a handgun. Two adults and two teenagers have now been charged with the murder, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, have been arrested, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

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Additionally, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old were also charged with murder and robbery in juvenile court, said, prosecutors. Their identities were withheld because of their age.

Los Angeles police arrested three adults and two teenagers in connection with the shooting and the LAPD initially identified a third adult suspect, Jaquan Murphy, but he has not been charged. Walker and Rodgers both face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged, CBS Los Angeles reported.  Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty.