King Von dies at 26


Antonio Mosby

Rapper King Von was one of two people shot and killed on Friday, November 6 during an early morning exchange of gunfire outside of an Atlanta hookah lounge, authorities say.

Four other people were wounded by gunfire, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was investigating the shooting after police officers fired their weapons.

Around 3:30 a.m. there were two groups of men arguing in the parking lot, which resulted in shots firing. An off-duty Atlanta Police Officer working at the Monaco Hookah Lounge confronted the groups and fired shots after the encounter.

“At this time, our investigators believe that King Von was shot during the shootout between the two groups of males, prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting. Additionally, King Von was not located at the scene, but arrived at a hospital shortly after the shooting via private vehicle,” Atlanta police explained in a recent statement.

Police stated they found three suspects with gunshot wounds who were taken by ambulances to the hospital. Three other people went to the hospital in private vehicles. Four people are being treated in area hospitals. One is in an extremely critical situation, and the others are stable, according to police.

Police said they detained two people near the lounge who could face charges. Thankfully, no officers were injured in the incident.

King Von, legal name Dayvon Bennett, has charted twice on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Grandson, Vol. 1”, which hit a peak of 37 on the charts, and “Levon James”, which heat a peak of 26. Just last week, he released the album “Welcome to O’Block.”

“The 26-year-old artist left us just as the world was beginning to grasp the depths of his talents,” King Von’s publicist Erin Ryan said in a statement. “He was a devoted father, a deeply loyal friend, and a man who took care of his people before himself. We are heartbroken for his family, his friends, his team, and his fans.”

Basketball star LeBron James expressed his condolences over Twitter.

“Damn Rest Easy Von! Bronny, Bryce and I rocked with his music and story telling! The kid had a damn good future ahead of him. My prayers and blessings to his family. #LeVonJames #KingVon,” the Lakers star tweeted.

Chance the Rapper also wrote: “Wow. This year was so tough. rip von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it.”

Timothy Leeks was recently charged with the murder of King Von.