Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo, 30, is shot dead in ‘targeted’ attack on downtown highway

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Rapper Lil Marlo has died at the age of 30 after he was fatally shot as he was driving in Atlanta over the weekend in what cops believe was targeted attack.

The rapper, who signed with Quality Control Music in 2017 and was close friends with rappers Lil Baby and Lil Yachty, was shot as he drove down Interstate 285 in downtown Atlanta late Saturday night.

Police responded to a call of a single-vehicle accident around 11.30pm and found the rapper fatally shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to TMZ.

‘At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,’ police said.

The Medical Examiner confirmed they have the body of Rudolph Johnson, Lil Marlo’s government name.

Rapper Lil Marlo has died at the age of 30 after he was fatally shot as he was driving over the weekend in Atlanta in what cops believe was targeted attack. Pictured above in December 2019

Video footage of the shooting site emerged on social media showing the car Lil Marlo was in with the driver’s side door open and a group of police and investigators nearby

Video footage of the shooting site emerged on social media showing the car Lil Marlo was in with the driver’s side door open and a group of police and investigators nearby

Another view of the car that Lil Marlo was believed to be shot in above

Another view of the car that Lil Marlo was believed to be shot in above 

‘Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle and found the 30-year-old driver deceased inside the vehicle. The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling on I-285 in the Southbound lanes when the driver was shot,’ Atlanta Police Department said.  

Officials said he was 30 years old through Johnson was reportedly 27. 

Cause of death has yet to be determined, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office. 

Video footage of the shooting site emerged on social media showing the car Lil Marlo was allegedly in with the driver’s side door open and a group of police and investigators nearby.

‘God damn! They just shot up one of these mother***ers,’ a person filming the clip says in shock. 

Tributes poured in for Lil Marlo on Sunday morning led by label mate Lil Yachty (pictured right with Lil Marlo far left). He wrote: 'We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1'

Tributes poured in for Lil Marlo on Sunday morning led by label mate Lil Yachty (pictured right with Lil Marlo far left). He wrote: ‘We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1’

Labelmate JT of City Girls also confirmed his passing tweeting: 'Rest In Peace Marlo......damn'

Labelmate JT of City Girls also confirmed his passing tweeting: ‘Rest In Peace Marlo……damn’

Famous producer London Tyler Holmes tweeted: 'Damn bro not marlo it wasn't yo time to go brudda damn plz say it ain't true'

Famous producer London Tyler Holmes tweeted: ‘Damn bro not marlo it wasn’t yo time to go brudda damn plz say it ain’t true’

Atlanta rapper K Camp tweeted: 'RIP LIL MARLO'

Atlanta rapper K Camp tweeted: ‘RIP LIL MARLO’

Lil Yachty shared a tribute to Lil Marlo Sunday morning saying: ‘We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother.’

Rapper Clay James shared a tribute on Twitter saying: ‘Waking up seeing Lil Marlo passed away made me appreciate waking up even more.

‘It’s a sad day in Atlanta. Prayers up to his family, friends, and QC. Black lives won’t matter to anyone else if they don’t start mattering to US first.’ 

Rapper Russ tweeted: ‘RIP Marlo smh 2 the hard way was our s*** on tour.’

Labelmate JT of City Girls also confirmed his passing tweeting: ‘Rest In Peace Marlo……damn.’

Famous producer London Tyler Holmes, who goes by LondonOnDaTrack tweeted: ‘Damn bro not marlo it wasn’t yo time to go brudda damn plz say it ain’t true.’

Atlanta rapper K Camp tweeted: ‘RIP LIL MARLO.’ 

Lil Marlo, an Atlanta native, was known for hits 1st N 3rd, F***em and Time After Time.

Lil Marlo signed to Quality Control Music in 2017 where he forged a close friendship with labelmate Lil Baby. Other renown artists signed to the label include Lil Yachty and City Girls

Lil Marlo signed to Quality Control Music in 2017 where he forged a close friendship with labelmate Lil Baby. Other renown artists signed to the label include Lil Yachty and City Girls

Lil Marlo leaves behind four children – Kemora, Rihanna, Marlo and Rudy. On Father’s Day he shared a heartfelt post of himself and his daughter where she tries to put a shoe on her dad’s foot. He captioned the clip: 'Thanks for Making Me Y’all Father I woulnd’t Trade Y’all For Da World'

Lil Marlo leaves behind four children – Kemora, Rihanna, Marlo and Rudy. On Father’s Day he shared a heartfelt post of himself and his daughter where she tries to put a shoe on her dad’s foot. He captioned the clip: ‘Thanks for Making Me Y’all Father I woulnd’t Trade Y’all For Da World’

At Quality Control he was joined by other hit artists including Migos, Lil Yachty, City Girls and Rich The Kid.

In 2017 he released an album with Lil Baby entitled 2 the Hard Way and his own debut album The Wire.

He released a pair of mixtapes The Real 1 and 9th Ward God in 2018. His most recent album, 1st & 3rd, released in February.

Lil Marlo leaves behind four children – Kemora, Rihanna, Marlo and Rudy, according to XXL.

On Father’s Day he shared a heartfelt post of himself and his daughter where she tries to put a shoe on her dad’s foot. He captioned the clip: ‘Thanks for Making Me Y’all Father I woulnd’t Trade Y’all For Da World.’

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com



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