Rich Gang Artist BTY YoungN Shot & Killed In New Orleans

BTY YoungN, a New Orleans rapper closely affiliated with Birdman’s Rich Gang, was shot and killed on Airline Highway in Hollygrove Saturday night. The artist, whose real name was Desmone Jerome, was 27 years old.

According to The Advocate:

The New Orleans-born rapper BTY Young’N, who had signed a deal with the Cash Money Records label relatively recently, was fatally gunned down in Hollygrove late Saturday, according to his mother.

The shooting that left the artist dead occurred at roughly 11 p.m. at a gas station in the 9200 block of Airline Highway, police said. While the New Orleans Coroner’s Office hasn’t released the identity of the victim in the incident, the victim’s mother confirmed that the man slain was her son BTY Young’N, born Desmone Jerome.

“Jealousy is behind it,” 44-year-old Gabrielle Jerome told The New Orleans Advocate when asked why someone would kill her son. “Because of his success as a rapper.”

Jerome had been shot multiple times and was found lying in the gas station pumping area, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials have not released any information about suspects or a potential motive in the deadly shooting.

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