Rapper J $tash allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in a New Year’s Day muder-suicide in Temple City, California.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting occurred at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday in the 9200 block of Pentland Street.
When authorities arrived, J $tash, 28, and his girlfriend Jeanette Gallegos, 27, were found dead.
“The female victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, while the male victim sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” sheriff’s Deputy Grace Medrano said in a statement.
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Gallegos’ three children ranging from ages 5 to 11 were removed from the home unharmed. According to the Associated Press, one of the children called 911 but sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred did not know if the boy called authorities before or after the woman was shot.
The children ran toward officers outside when authorities arrived on the scene.
Lt. Alfred said the rapper and his girlfriend had been dating about a year.
“It’s a very tragic situation,” he said.
A GoFundMe has been set up to cover Gallegos’ funeral expenses with a goal of raising $25,000.
J $tash, whose real name was Justin Joseph, was known for songs including “Juggin’” and “Hiroi Sekai.” His single “Juggin'” came out in 2016 when he released his album “Hood Rich.” The rapper had been on the music scene since he was 16.
After his death, his Instagram account was made private.