Two men and two teens have been charged with killing Brooklyn-born rapper Pop Smoke during a home-invasion robbery in Los Angeles in February, officials announced Monday.
Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were hit with one count each of murder and robbery for the Feb. 19 slaying of the artist, whose real name was Bashar Jackson.
The pair, who are expected to be arraigned later Monday, could face the death penalty if convicted, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Two boys, 17 and 15, whose names were not released due to their ages, were also charged with one count each of murder and robbery in juvenile court, authorities said.
The four suspects, wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, allegedly burst into the Hollywood Hills home where Jackson was staying, and shot him to death, according to law enforcement.
The crime is connected to gang activity, prosecutors allege.
The rapper’s social media posts may have led his killers to his home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The 20-year-old, who hailed from Canarsie, skyrocketed to fame with the release of his 2019 album “Meet the Woo.”
His latest album, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon,” was posthumously released last earlier this month, and just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
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