Lil Phat shooting: Budding rapper Lil Phat, member of the hip-hop label Trill, was shot and killed in Atlanta on Thursday night. He was only 19 years-old. According to Hollywood Life, the musician, whose real name was Melvin Vernell III, was found dead outside of an area hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities have stated that the shooting took place inside a parking deck around 7PM. Although police currently have no suspects in the shooting, "two black males" were apparently spotted "running from the location at the time of the shooting." An investigation is underway.
Vernell, who released the album "Trill 4 Life" under the Lil Phat monicker back in 2010, was a rising star in the hip-hop community. Trill, a hip-hop label was started in 2000 by Turk and Mel, issued a statement on their official website, describing Lil Phat as "the underdog ready to bust to the front line with his consistent street anthems and hustler music lyrics."
How are fans of Vernell's music reacting to his death on Twitter? You can find a small selection of their condolences below.
You A Boosie Fan But Don't Kno Who Lil Phat Is ? What Bout Trill Ent ? #Oh Please Have Several Seats ! _/
Count my Money Backwards Its Faster. Im not rapper im a trapper. Rip Lil Phat
Lil Phat was only 19 . My prayers go to his family.
Lil Phat was only 19 . Ion blame whoeva cryin for cryin . He had so much goin, much luv to his daughter
I'm from da south were we jack our own friend.... Wack our own ken its gutta to da end--- Lil Phat