An up-and-coming rapper from Ohio faces a felony murder charge in DeKalb County after allegedly shooting and killing a fellow rapper, authorities said Thursday.
Qamar Akee Williams, who is better known as Q-Money, was charged after 24-year-old Calvin Alexander Chappell was fatally shot multiple times earlier this week, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The 23-year-old rapper from Avon, Ohio, turned himself in Thursday.
Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, police responded to a home in the 3500 block of Lehigh Way and found Chappell in the living room dead from gunshot wounds, AJC.com previously reported. Police identified Williams as the suspect Wednesday.
He was allegedly seen standing over the victim’s body by a roommate, according to a police report obtained by AJC.com. When asked what was going on, Williams began stuttering “I” over and over again, the roommate told police.
The man ran to wake up Chappell’s cousin, telling him that “Q had done something,” according to the report. The two then took the firearm from Williams, forced him out the front door and locked it behind him, the witness told police.
Police found several shell casings and guns throughout the home. The victim’s cousin said Chappell had been staying with him for only three or four days before he was killed, according to the report.
Witnesses said Williams and Chappell knew each other, since they were both up-and-coming rappers from Cleveland, the report said.
Williams has a felony conviction in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, from 2014 for drug trafficking, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
His breakthrough song “Work” from 2017 has amassed more than 8.5 million views on YouTube. Last year, he signed a deal with Warner Brothers and Think It’s A Game Records, the newspaper reported.
During the filming of his first music video under the new label, a shooting broke out, injuring six people and killing 27-year-old Cortez Ruffin, the Plain Dealer reported. After the shooting, Williams told the newspaper he was disturbed by the shooting and that he was particularly upset because he makes a point to not show prop guns in his videos.
As of Thursday afternoon, he remained in jail without bond, jail records show.
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