Rapper Lil Lonnie Fatally Shot In Mississippi
Lonnie Taylor, better known as his rapper persona Lil Lonnie was fatally shot while driving in Jackson, Mississippi.
The rapper was shot multiple times as he was driving his SUV though the neighborhoods of Jackson on Sunday night. His car stopped after crashing into a nearby home. There was a female passenger in his car with him, however she was not injured.
Just hours before the horrific event, Taylor posted on his Instagram a photo of his sitting in the driver’s seat of his car.
The Jackson Police Department said no suspects have been identified yet, there was no known motive either.
Lil Lonnie had hopes and dreams that he was striving to accomplish. His first song that he released that gained a lot of attention was his 2015 song “Colors.” Following its release, he was able to get advice that would help further his career from major artists like Jack Thriller and 50 Cent.
“Careerwise everything has been going, so I took that advice and I ran with it,” he said in an interview. “Keep the ground consistent, keep moving around, make my face a presence everywhere.”
Taylor lived a difficult life, his mother died when he was young, leaving him to help his father with his four siblings. Making music made it possible to help his family financially. He and his family have lived in the state’s capital all his life, he notes that music kept him away from all the crime that took place in Jackson. “There’s nothing… nothing to do. Nothing but a whole bunch of robbing,” Taylor said. “Everybody’s just, I mean that’s all it is, just robbing and killing and all this, that’s all that’s going on.”
However throughout his life, he kept pushing to succeed in life and his music. His goal was to be someone that others could look up to and to motivate others to succeed. “I want to be the next icon people look up to. I want to motivate others around from where I’m from because not too many get the recognition I do, and I just want to bring that impact to where I’m from and help people out,” he said. “I’m willing to open the door to everybody.”