A South Baltimore rapper known as LonnieDaGoat was shot to death this week, his family said.
Baltimore Police responded to the 2800 block of Bookert Drive in Cherry Hill on Tuesday, where medics had already pronounced a man with a gunshot wound dead.
His parents, Delon Bushrod Sr. and Kia Fenner-Bushrod, said the shooting victim was their 24-year-old son Delon Bushrod Jr., who went by LonnieDaGoat in his music career.
Police confirmed Bushrod’s identity Friday morning.
Bushrod’s mother, Kia Fenner-Bushrod, said she was worried when her son, who called her nightly, stopped answering his phone. A Facebook post about a dead body in Cherry Hill brought her to the scene, where she showed a detective a picture of her son that included his tattoos. “That’s how they identified him,” she said.
Family members described Bushrod as goofy but ambitious, blessed with a big smile and powerful charisma.
“His talent? It was out of this world,” Fenner-Bushrod said.
The Da Goat YouTube channel has more than a million views and nearly 4,000 subscribers. His songs, including one of his mother’s favorites, “YIP,” reference Cherry Hill.
After spending most of their lives in Cherry Hill, Bushrod and his girlfriend had recently moved to Anne Arundel County, his mother said.
“It’s just been a void in my heart right now,” his mother said. “I just want people to remember my son as a talented young man whose life was cut short over somebody’s stupidity.”
Bushrod played football for the Cherry Hill Eagles and was later a quarterback and a wide receiver on Edmondson-Westside High School’s team, his mother said.
Bushrod’s family last saw him when they gathered at his parents’ house Sunday night to watch a Ravens game and eat a feast prepared by Fenner-Bushrod that included ham, baked macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, sauerkraut and pig tails.
Deairra Bushrod, 22, described her brother as deeply original and humble. “My brother was just destined for greatness. He loved writing music,” she said.
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During Sunday’s football game, he joked that he could have helped Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on the field, she said.
When the two siblings said goodbye Sunday, they both said, “I love you,” and hugged, not knowing it would be the last time they saw each other.
“I’ve never been heartbroken, but I feel like this is a heartbreak,” his sister said. “I really can’t fathom this.”
His family said they hope whoever is responsible for Bushrod’s death faces consequences. “They will reap what they sow. God does not like ugly. God sees everything and karma is real,” his mother said.
She said people in positions of power in Baltimore should exercise their authority to curb violence or get out of the way for those who will.
“Nowadays, there’s a killing in Baltimore City every time you turn around. It’s becoming a new norm and it shouldn’t be like that,” she said. “This is just ridiculous for us to be a little city like this and all these murders.”
A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Bookert Drive in Cherry Hill. In a Facebook post, his mother told mourners to bring black and gold balloons and candles to honor “Lil Delon.”