TOWSON, Md. — More than a hundred people came together for a vigil and balloon release in Towson to remember the late Baltimore rapper Dee Dave King, a week after he was murdered.
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Family and friends gathered to mourn the loss but to also celebrate his life. He was considered an inspiration and role model to many in the community, whose music glorified positivity and not violence.
"I never thought in my worst nightmares I would receive a phone call that my child is gone.,” said Dave King Sr., the late rapper’s father. "He was a father. A human being. Somebody who was doing something positive in the community."
The love for his son was felt and seen throughout the vigil. The support comforting his family as they cope with the loss. King’s cousin says it’s what got him through the difficult times.
"He had people who never listened to his music, but knew him as a person,” Derrick Wright said. [They were] genuinely in his corner."
The Baltimore rapper was killed last week outside of an apartment complex in Essex. He was on his way to the airport to perform in Atlanta. So far, there have been no arrests in the case. His mother is urging people who know something, to say something.
"Whatever the coward was that took my child's life, I hope you get convicted to no end. No end!,” said Lynette Madison.
King Sr. added, “I don’t know what is going in the city, but all I know is this city needs a whole revival for Jesus because this needs to stop.”
Dee Dave’s funeral will be on Saturday at Eastern Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m..
If anyone has information about this case, you are asked to contact Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.