Southern California rapper Kee Riches is being remembered by family and friends after he was killed Saturday night in a triple shooting in Compton.
Riches, real name Kian Nellum, was 23 years old, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s online records portal.
He was one of two men killed on Sept. 24, around 9:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Chester Avenue.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the scene after receiving a call of shots fired.
Deputies found two men suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, the sheriff’s department told local TV station KTLA over the weekend. The men were declared deceased at the scene. An unidentified woman was transported to an area hospital by ambulance and was said to be in stable condition.
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The second man who died was identified as 29-year-old Robert Leflore Jr. The coroner’s office listed the place of death for both Leflore and Nellum as on the street. Autopsies for both men are pending.
Law enforcement urged anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau.
On Sept. 20, Riches posted a music video for the single “2Live” on YouTube. As news of his death spread, fans filled the comment section with tributes.
“Rest Easy King,” one person wrote.
“Thank you for everything, Kee. May your spirit in on forever,” another person shared.
“Rest in heaven young king. May your legacy continue,” someone else wrote.
Riches grew up in Compton. In February 2021, he did an interview with Los Angeles radio station Real 92.3. He told the station he was working on new music, had a clothing line and recently hosted a toy drive and Easter egg hunt for local children.
“My first actual toy drive, it was my own idea, it was just something that I wanted to do because it was something that I had never seen done,” he said, adding that he and his friends paid for the toys that they gave away and just wanted to do something for the community.
Riches’ death came just two weeks after Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot inside a Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in south Los Angeles.
Rock was dining with his girlfriend at the restaurant in the 100 block of W. Manchester Ave. when he was robbed of his jewelry and shot on Sept. 12. The 30-year-old rapper died in the hospital. After concluding his autopsy, the coroner’s office ruled his death was a homicide. Rock moved to Los Angeles after signing a deal with Atlantic Records.
Watch the interview with Kee Riches below.