14-year-old drill rapper known as Lil Tuda, whose real name was Timothy Lockhart, was shot and killed in Chicago, marking another tragic loss of a rapper to gun violence in the city.
Lil Tuda Fatally Shot in Chicago
According to local news outlet ABC 7 Chicago, the fatal shooting occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Saturday (June 17) in Chicago’s West Side on the 100 block of South Homan Avenue. Lil Tuda suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Timothy Lockhart, aka Lil Tuda, a self proclaimed rapper and member of the DMG (Dirty Money Gang), a set of Gangster Disciples and Black P Stones near 72nd and Rockwell was shot and killed on the 100 block of S Homan around 4:45 PM— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) June 19, 2023
Lockhart was 14 years old. pic.twitter.com/bO2vo9UNYm
Another 14-year-old boy who was present at the scene was also shot multiple times and was immediately transported to the same hospital. The second victim remains in critical condition.
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Community activist Andrew Holmes expressed his sorrow over the incident, highlighting the tragic circumstances surrounding the shooting. The incident took place during Father’s Day weekend and the Juneteenth holiday, further adding to the profound sense of loss.
Holmes shared his sentiments, stating, “I’m not happy at all. Father’s Day, Juneteenth, celebrating for what? Until we can stop this gun violence, Black-on-Black crime, and get these individuals in custody, then talk to me. But, we got two babies, two babies here.”
He continued, emphasizing the impact on the victims’ families, “So, how are their fathers going to be happy? How are their mothers going to be happy? How is this family going to be happy? It’s wrong. Turn these individuals in.”
The tragic killing of Lil Tuda is another devastating instance of gun violence that has plagued Chicago for an extended period. The city has witnessed a distressing series of murders, claiming the lives of numerous individuals, including talented rappers.
As the community mourns the loss of Lil Tuda, the incident serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address the ongoing issue of gun violence and protect the lives of young people in Chicago.