Young Pappy Death – Dead: Young Pappy Obituary, Cause of Death
A 20-year-old Thomas was gunned down about a block from where he recorded that video on the streets of Uptown. It’s an area where three street gangs — the Conservative Vice Lords, the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones — have been locked in a long-running feud. Thomas was a Gangster Disciple, according to police.
Around 1:35 a.m. Friday, he was with a friend in the 4800 block of North Kenmore Avenue when a gunman walked up and started shooting, authorities said. Thomas was hit twice in the back and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:01 a.m.
It was at least the third time someone had tried to kill Thomas in the last year and a half, according to police. The other two times, innocent bystanders died.
• In February 2014, a masked gunman opened fire at a McDonald’s restaurant at Pratt Boulevard and Clark Street. Markeyo Carr, 17, who had grabbed a few bucks from his mother before heading to the McDonald’s, was shot in the head and collapsed in the driveway. Thomas and two other teens were wounded.
• In July, a man fired shots in the 1300 block of West Devon Avenue and hit Wil Lewis in the back and the head as he waited for a bus. The 28-year-old was about to start a new job as a photographer. He was killed less than a mile from his home.
Investigators suspect all three shootings stemmed from gang rivalry. A law enforcement source said Thomas may actually have been shot at other times, too.
Thomas has posted several rap videos under the name Young Pappy. In them, he raps about shooting gang rivals.
In a video titled “Homicide” posted in April, he raps “we pop out at night but you can still get smoked at noon. … Head shots rolling up on the dead ops (opposition). I don’t lack, I got my gat (gun).”