Atlanta rapper Yung Mazi was gunned down near a police station in Kirkwood. Yung Mazi left Urban Pie before 9 p.m. on Hosea L. Williams Drive. Atlanta police said they responded to a report of 10-25 gunshots. "God made me bulletproof," he tweeted after being shot in December. Yung Mazi's family asked for privacy in the aftermath.
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Answers are scarce in rapper Yung Mazi’s homicide

In the wake of Yung Mazi’s death, speculation quickly spread over who gunned down the Atlanta rapper known almost as much for taking bullets as he was songs.

But the Atlanta Police Department hasn’t revealed whether it has any suspects or a motive behind his Sunday night homicide.

“Nothing new to release at this time,” Sgt. John Chafee said in an email Wednesday morning. “Homicide detectives continue to investigate and would ask that anyone with any information contact Crime Stoppers.”

The 31-year-old Conyers resident, whose given name was Jibril Abdur-Rahman, was shot multiple times while leaving Urban Pie pizza in Kirkwood, according to a police report. He was found on Hosea L. Williams Drive near his white 2015 Mercedes sedan, yards from APD’s Zone 6 station.

In the previous few years, the rapper, who worked with fellow Atlantans Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug, drew headlines after other shootings. He said in an interview last year he’d previously been shot about 10 times. 

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Months later, a man walked up to him at a Buckhead Waffle House and, without a word, shot him. Asked if any suspects were ever identified, police provided no comment.

Abdur-Rahman’s brother, Luqman, said the family is praying for their lost loved one and “all involved” in the case. He also asked for privacy.

Fans and friends have flooded social media with sadness about the shooting and for the family.

In an article on the Rolling Out website, A.R. Shaw wrote that his friend was misunderstood.

“Most of the reporters assigned to the story failed to humanize a man that lived a life that went beyond rhymes, affiliation with popular rappers, and gun violence,” Shaw wrote. “They failed to report on how important it was to him to be a loving father to his kids. Always present when they needed him, going above and beyond to bring a smile to the faces of his children, nieces, nephews, and family members.”

The article describes the victim as a young man who was still finding his way and was more complex than some would acknowledge.

The rapper presented some of that complexity online.

On social media, he often posted pictures of children he loved with hearts and expressions of admiration. He posted thanks to fans and promotion of his music. Once, he posted a video of himself giving a defiant “Public Service Announcement” from a hospital bed, requesting that the next time someone shoots him, they aim to kill instead of shooting him in the legs.

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