Rapper Lil Marlo—real name Rudolph Johnson—was killed in a suspected targeted shooting in Atlanta over the weekend. He was 27.
According to the local police department, authorities had responded to a call on Saturday evening about an accident on Interstate 285 in downtown Atlanta. That’s where they discovered Johnson’s body and later pronounced him dead at the scene.
“At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” authorities told TMZ.
In a social media post confirming his passing, Johnson’s label Quality Control Music described the late rapper as “a man of great talent and who feared nothing.” “We love you and will miss you, as you will not be forgotten and the world will remember your name,” Quality Control added. Johnson leaves behind a daughter and a son. Read the full statement below.
Lil Marlo signed with Quality Control in 2017 to join its star-studded roster of Atlanta heavy hitters like Migos, Lil Baby and others. Since joining the QC family, the rapper had released a handful of singles, including “Fuckem” and “9+ Z6ne = 1’5.” Earlier this year, he teamed up with Future and Lil Baby for “1st n 3rd,” which has since received over ten million views on YouTube.
News of Johnson’s death sent the hip hop community reeling, with many rappers and producers taking to social media to pay tribute. Lil Yachty also mourned his labelmate on Instagram, saying they had only recorded a song earlier that morning. “smh rip brother,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Meek Mill, City Girls, Russ, London on da Track, Reese Laflare and more remembered the late rapper in heartfelt tweets. Check them out below.
Rip lil Marlo prayers to his family! 🙏🏿
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 12, 2020
Rest In Peace Marlo……damn💔
— CITYGIRL🌃 (@ThegirlJT) July 12, 2020
RIP Marlo smh 2 the hard way was our shit on tour
— RUSS (@russdiemon) July 12, 2020
Damn bro not marlo it wasn’t yo time to go brudda damn plz say it ain’t true
— WeGotLondonOnDaTrack (@LondonOnDaTrack) July 12, 2020
Dawg ….. mannnnn …. Atlanta is on some Shit right now man
RIP MARLO !! This shit is crazy
— RESTING RICH FACE (@REESElaflare) July 12, 2020
RIP, Lil Marlo. Revisit his final release “1st n 3rd” below: