Tyriece Travon Watson, widely known as Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota, was shot and killed Saturday night in the Lauraville area, according to Baltimore City Police Chief spokesman T.J Smith.
Tyriece Travon Watson, the popular rapper known as Lor Scoota, was driving back from a peace rally Saturday evening when he was shot to death in what police called a targeted killing at a busy intersection in Northeast Baltimore.
Watson, 23, was known for his popular single "Bird Flu" with Washington rapper Shy Glizzy, and most recently released the songs "Snapchat" and a remix of "Panda" by rapper Desiigner.
Watson's death after the peace rally had an "eerie irony that should just absolutely tick us all off," said T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department.
"A lot of young people knew him and looked up to him, and whatever he might've been doing in the past, it appears he was doing some things to change his life and use those experiences to help empower other young people in our city," he said.
More than 100 family members, friends and fans linked arms across Pennsylvania and West North avenues Sunday evening.
"He was on every kid's playlist," said Evan Cook, 28, of Woodlawn. "He made music for the people. Everybody was down. He was rapping about the bottom. He rapped about his struggle. Everybody else could relate."
Darrell Carter, 32, who co-owns L&R Studios, said Watson would participate in school supply giveaways and other charity efforts for children
To many of them, he said, Watson represented the hope of rising out of impoverished conditions and making a name for themselves.
"He was one of the voices of the city," Carter said. "A young kid from a rough background who rose from the concrete but didn't get to quite blossom all the way."
Smith, the police spokesman, called a news conference Sunday to ask for tips in the case.
"This is, from all accounts, a targeted incident," he said. "Whoever the shooter was targeting was the victim in this case."
"There are many that are going to scrutinize the lyrics in his songs and some of the activity he might've been involved in in the past, but the reality is he's a victim, and there's a murderer on the street," Smith said.
Watson had been charged with theft, robbery and assault, according to online court records. The most recent charges were in 2015.
Smith repeatedly emphasized how widely circulated he'd seen Watson's death on social media. Fans flooded Instagram with pictures of Watson and sad-faced, crying emojis under the comment section.
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Smith said he hopes they will help police find his killer.
"It's good that #LorScoota, #Scoota, #PrayforScoota, #BirdFlu and all that is trending on Twitter," he said. "But can we trend on Twitter that the person responsible for his death has been identified and is in custody?"
Police asked anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers to report tips anonymously at 1-866-7LOCKUP.