Lil Snupe was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon after hundreds of mourners came to the Jonesboro-Hodge High School to say their final farewells to the 18-year-old rapper. According to reports Lil Snupe's funeral was so overcrowded with teary-eyed friends and fans that the artist's family had to move to funeral time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in order to accommodate those who wanted to pay their final respects for the young man who lost his life in a brutal murder.
Lil Snupe, born Adderran Ross, was allegedly gunned down June 20 in Winnfield, Louisiana. According to reports the up-and-coming rapper was shot twice in the torso after a dispute over a video game. MTV explained that the video game feud occurred at a friend's apartment.
So who shot Lil Snupe? Tony Holden is currently the prime suspect in the killing of Meek Mill's protégé. According to reports the 36-year-old reportedly turned himself into the Louisiana Winnfield City Police Department days after shooting Lil Snupe. Holden was reportedly booked into custody with 1st degree murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Reports suggest that Holden most likely turned himself in to the police due to the descriptive warnings that officials had sent out about him. Holden was "considered armed and dangerous" and police urged the public to notify them immediately if Holden's whereabouts were known. The manhunt most likely scared Lil Snupe's killer after realizing the search wouldn't cease until he was behind bars.
Lil Snupe's death tragically coincided with his rapid rise to fame in the hip-hop world. According to reports Lil Snupe passed along his demo tape to Meek Mill during a show at Grambling State University. "He was in a van, they was [about to] pull off. And I went and knocked on the van, on the window. They let the window down, grabbed the mix tape and it was like 10 minutes later, 20 minutes later they called me," Snupe told MTV News back in February. Meek Mill explained why he signed Lil Snupe to his label within an hour of hearing his tape.
"He was spittin' so much pain, he's from the south with a flow like an east coast guy," Meek Mill continued. "Like with that bounce flow, all over the place, he really can spit, and he was talking that talk that I can really relate to. I seen potential in him."
Meek Mill even mustered up the courage to speak on Lil Snupe's behalf during his funeral. "I'm never one to talk (at funerals)," Meek Mill said of his protégé Lil Snupe. "I saw something in him. His demo tape spoke to me. I saw myself in him."