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Bay Area Rapper Lil Yase Shot and Killed at 25, Community Seeks Answers

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San Francisco rapper, Lil Yase (Alexander Antonnyo Jr.) was shot and killed over the weekend.

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  • Early Saturday morning officers received reports of a male at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton suffering from several gunshot wounds. They later identified the man as Bay Area artist Lil Yase. An ambulance transferred him to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he sadly passed away. Police believe the shooting took place about a block away from the East Dublin BART station.
  • While there are currently no suspects in custody, an investigation into Lil Yase’s murder continues. Dublin Police Captain Nate Schmidt says investigators “do have some leads” seeing as he was able to give Pleasonton police a bit of information before he died.
  • Justin Miranda was the business partner of Lil Yase at their independent record label 420 Highway Productions. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Miranda, along with many others, is stunned by his death. He said, “We don’t have any idea why he was out there. It was not an area…where he knew anybody. He didn’t have enemies or rap beefs. He wasn’t in a gang. He transcended all of that.” Miranda shared that a lot of the rapper’s lyrics were fiction. The violence he rapped about was mainly from what he saw growing up, and not who he truly was.
  • Lil Yase grew up in the Sunnydale housing projects. Larry Jones has been a youth counselor and staple in the community for a long time. He says he always knew when something violent in the neighborhood was about to happen because Lil Yase would find safety in the community center. “He would go hang out in the computer lab by himself. That is when we knew something was brewing,” Jones said.
  • Back in September of this year, Lil Yase released an EP with another Bay Area rapper named Nemz. He grew a following back in 2015 from his hit song “Get In” and has since received hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube for other tracks like “No Diss”, “Demon”, and “Streets’ Freestyle”. Lil Yase has also collaborated with a number of other popular rappers (and rap groups) such as Shoreline Mafia,  IamSu!, G-Val, Yatta, and Cash Kidd. Jones suspects his association with other rappers may have possibly landed a target on his back.

Miranda said Lil Yase only desired to focus on his music and the label. He constantly uplifted other rappers and spent most of his days in the studio. Along with the many other artists taken from us too soon this year, he will be missed.

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Xzibit’s Weed Company Napalm Banned from L.A Dispensary Amid Anti-Asian Attacks

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The rapper is currently facing criticism for allegedly naming his brand of cannabis after a chemical weapon.

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  • Napalm Cannabis has reminded critics of the chemical weapon used in firebombs in the Vietnam war. The firebombs killed an estimated one million innocent citizens in collateral damage. Napalm was also used against Japan in World War ll. The weapon was banned for use against civilians internationally by the U.N in 1980.
  • Amid the rise of Asian hate crimes, the Napalm brand has struck a nerve with several customers of Higher Path dispensary in California. The brand was first announced in 2020 and was actually named after Xzibit’s 2012 album of the same name, NapalmXzibit’s other album titles include Weapons of Mass Destruction and Man vs. Machine. Xzibit has stated that he and the Napalm Cannabis brand team have plans to do many things for the community moving forward.
  • Higher Path dispensary explained in a statement that they believed that the promotion of the Napalm product was “violent and ignorant.” Xzibit made a statement of his own, “We by no means acknowledge, justify, or feel as though we are promoting violence toward the Asian community. We stand with the Asian community.”
  • Xzibit explained in detail via an Instagram post and additional statements that it was never his intention to offend anyone. Reports of Anti-Asian hate crimes rose nearly 150% in major U.S cities last year. New York saw the highest rise, followed by Boston and Los Angeles. Higher Path dispensary is located in Los Angeles.

It was strongly suggested and then proven that Xzibit had no intentions to hurt anybody. Still, in light of recent attacks on Asian-American people, it isn’t surprising how critical people have become over his brand. It remains unclear if the company is planning a name change, but it appears the entire incident is a misunderstanding.

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New Autopsy Report Reveals 2004 Death of Alonzo Brooks Was a Homicide

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The death of a Kansas man, whose body was found in 2004, was ruled a homicide according to a new report by a forensic examiner.

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  • A new federal investigation was opened in 2019 into the death of 23-year old Alonzo Brooks. As part of the investigation, authorities exhumed Brooks’ body and brought it to Dover Air Force base to perform an autopsy. The examiner determined it was a homicide by focusing on parts of the body not consistent with normal decomposition.
  • Acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard noted that Brooks had died under mysterious circumstances. He continued, stating “This new examination by a team of the world’s best forensic pathologists and experts establishes it was no accident. Alonzo Brooks was killed.” The new investigation is focused on determining whether Brooks was the victim of a hate crime.
  • Brooks was last seen alive at a house party in rural La Cygne, Kansas on April 3rd, 2004. He was one of three Black men at the party, which over 100 people attended. Brooks came to the party with friends, but when they left before him, Brooks was left without a ride home. His family then contacted police after Brooks failed to come home the next day, according to NBC.
  • Brooks had been missing for a month when his family organized a search party. His body was found in a creek on May 1st, partially atop a pile of bushes. Because significant time had passed between his death and initial autopsy, officials at the time were unable to determine a cause of death.

The mystery surrounding Brooks’ death gained renewed attention after it was featured in the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries. The title of the episode was “No Ride Home.”

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US Capitol Suspect Identified as Noah Green, 25-year-old Indiana Man

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The person responsible for driving a car into a security barricade at the U.S. Capitol has been identified.

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  • The incident occurred last Friday at around 1 p.m., leaving one Capitol Police officer dead and another injured after 25-year-old Noah Green rammed a car into the two officers at a checkpoint outside the U.S. Capitol. Video shows Green exiting the vehicle wielding a knife.
  • Authorities stated that Green failed to respond to verbal commands and lunged at officers with the knife. Despite Congress members’ absence due to spring recess, the suspect was shot by police and taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
  • Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman identified the fallen police officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year-veteran of the force and a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit.

“I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol police and their families in your prayers. This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol police after the events of Jan. 6, and now the events that have occurred here today,” Pittman said.

  • D.C. Metropolitan Police reported that the crime did not “appear to be terrorism-related.” Facebook posts from Green’s now-deleted account revealed he was struggling in the last few years and described himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam and relied on his faith to keep him going.
  • “To be honest, these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” he wrote. “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.”

President Joe Biden sent his condolences to the officer’s family, stating, “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it,” the president said.

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