Vandals broke through the grave of murdered rapper Pop Smoke and tried to remove his coffin on Saturday morning.
Sources told TMZ that they found the grave vandalized while visiting the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Photos of the destruction indicate that the murdered rapper’s gravestone had been smashed in, and scratches indicated that the vandals may have tried to pull out his coffin.
The 20-year-old New York rapper, whose official name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot dead on February 19 at his $2.5 million rental home in the Hollywood Hills.
The LAPD said the five suspects, including two boys, ages 15 and 17, attacked his home when they saw photos posted on his social media.
They narrowed down where he lived using the images and an address on a gift bag, then killed him in a robbery gone wrong, authorities say.
Shockingly, the grave of murdered rapper Pop Smoke was found heavily vandalized Saturday morning, sources who saw it in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery told TMZ
Pop Smoke’s coffin was buried in a mausoleum surrounded by several other coffins
An exterior wall contained a tombstone for the musician (née Bashar Barakah Jackson), but photos taken by an eyewitness seem to indicate that vandals were able to remove the stone.
The top corners had broken off and shards had been scattered on the ground just below, with the remaining piece of stone leaning against the grave.
The ground in front of the stone was also strewn with flowers, which may have been left behind before the vandalism, and what one witness said looked like burnt marijuana joints.
Gone Too Soon: Pop Smoke was killed in February 2020 when four gunmen broke into a rented house he was staying in as part of a robbery attempt; seen in January 2020 in Paris
Desecrated: The stone on the outside of Pop Smoke’s mausoleum tomb appeared to be shattered and leaned against the wall, indicating that the vandals entered the tomb
Photos of the vandalized grave appear to show scratches on the pavement stones, indicating that something heavy may have been dragged from the grave.
It’s unclear if the invaders were able to pull out Pop Smoke’s coffin, but the source who glimpsed the damage snapped a photo of a long rectangular object propped up against a stone wall opposite the mausoleum.
The eyewitness described the item as being made of concrete and suggested it might have been a partition, either on top of Pop Smoke’s coffin to separate it from the coffin above his grave, or on the sides.
The person who discovered the damage is said to have alerted security, who were apparently unaware of the vandalism.
Disturbing: Photos of the vandalized grave appear to have scratches on the pavement stones, indicating that something heavy may have been dragged from the grave
Hasty job: The witness returned to the sighted hours later to find that it had been sealed with warning tape. Some of the debris was cleared
The source who discovered the vandalism added that they returned to the site hours later to find that the damaged headstone had been replaced with a blank slab while warning tape had been applied around the area.
Although some shards had been cleared, the area still seemed in a state of disarray.
Born in Brooklyn, Pop Smoke was a rising star at the time of his tragic death early last year.
He had a string of popular singles starting in 2019 and he released two critically acclaimed mixtapes, Meet The Woo and Meet The Woo 2.
The latter, released on February 7, 2020, debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 album chart, taking its number one spot in the top 10.
But the rapper would be shot less than two weeks after the success.
Tragedy: Pop Smoke was shot less than two weeks after releasing his second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, which became his first top 10 release on the Billboard 200 album chart; seen in 2019 in LA
He had rented a house in Hollywood Hills owned by former Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp and her husband.
In the early morning hours of February 19, 2020, four men in hoodies broke into the house.
The rapper was later found by police after being shot multiple times, and hours after being rushed to a hospital, he was pronounced dead.
LAPD detectives initially believed the murder was gang-related, but later determined it was a robbery that turned violent, as Pop Smoke had shared posts on Instagram in the days leading up to the murder showing expensive gifts he recently had. receive.
The address of the residence was also clearly visible in at least one of the messages.
Violent ending: In May, an LAPD detective testified that a woman with Pop Smoke at the time of the break-in said he was in a shower when the gunmen confronted him. He ran outside but was shot and kicked several times while he was on the ground
In May of this year, LAPD Detective Christian Carrasco testified during the murder trial that the rapper was showering when the intruders entered through a second-floor window, police said. New York Daily News.
The detective testified that a woman who was in the house with Pop Smoke heard noises that sounded like a struggle from the shower before seeing him run out of the bathroom.
She then heard a shot and saw him fall to the ground.
The detective said the woman claimed she heard two more gunshots and saw the intruders kick the rapper as he lay on the ground.
She also claimed they took his “big gold watch.”
After his murder, Pop Smoke’s debut album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon was released in July 2020 and topped the Billboard 200 chart.
It was followed by a second hit album, Faith, in July this year. It was also a number one hit, although both albums received mixed reviews.
Robbery: LAPD detectives determined it was a robbery that turned violent, as Pop Smoke shared posts on Instagram in the days leading up to the murder showing expensive gifts; seen in 2019 in Houston, Texas