Joshua Davis, an aspiring rapper from the West Englewood area in Chicago, was gunned down on Christmas Day for wearing a hooded sweatshirt honoring his best friend and slain rapper, Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman.
Davis, who goes by the rap moniker JayLoud, was shot multiple times after getting into a scuffle with several men, police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said. Police have no suspects in custody as of Wednesday. Davis was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Details surrounding his death point to beef between Davis and those who shot Lil JoJo. Reportedly JoJo had beef with rival Chicago rapper Chief Keef, who later posted on Twitter after his death:
Its Sad Cuz Dat Nigga Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO
Davis’ sister, Selina Davis, said the victim was exiting the bus when he was shot dead.
“He was killed because he was wearing a hoodie and getting off the bus,” said the victim’s sister Selina Davis, 24. “He was a great boy. He was only a baby.”
Johnathan Moody, cousin of Davis, said he and other friends had warned Davis about wearing the “JoJo” sweatshirt around the neighborhood.
“We would tell him, ‘That ain’t good to wear that hoodie.’ But that was his best friend,” Moody said.
In the most heartbreaking detail of Davis’ death, his family found out about his death via Facebook and friends in the neighborhood.
And similar to Lil JoJo’s situation, JayLoud had posted a video on YouTube calling out his beef in a rap song.
On a JayLoud video posted on YouTube, Joshua Davis raps in one song that “We know them and they know us, let’s get it. Smoke ’em like some dope when we roll up.”
Enough is enough. Gun control shouldn’t stop at Newtown. This conversation needs to be had all over to prevent the senseless violence that is taking away our Chicago youth!