Members of the rap community, including Snoop Dogg, are speaking out about the weekend stabbing death of Drakeo the Ruler.
Snoop, who was one of the featured artists at Saturday’s music festival where the 28-year-old rapper was killed, posted a statement on Instagram Sunday about the violence.
“I’m saddened by the events that took place last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival. My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler,” he wrote. “I’m not with anything negative and as one of the many performers, I was there to spread positive vibes only to my city of LA.”
Snoop added that he left the venue as soon as he heard about the stabbing. “Last night I was in my dressing room when I was informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds. My prayers go out to everyone affected by tragedy. Please take care, love one another and stay safe ya’ll. I’m praying for peace in hip hop,” the “Gin and Juice” artist continued.
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Drake also posted several tributes over the weekend to Drakeo. He first posted an Instagram story with the caption “Nah man this s— isn’t right for real wtf are we doing.”
“Always picked my spirit up with your energy,” he added. “RIP Drakeo.”
He also uploaded a photo of the “Talk to Me” collaborator on his story.
Saweetie expressed her condolences on Twitter, writing: “Man Drakeo was always hella cool & respectful. Prayers up for his family RIP The Ruler.”
The all-day Once Upon a Time in LA festival at the Banc of California stadium in Los Angeles was abruptly halted when the violence erupted. Other rappers scheduled to perform included 50 Cent, Ice Cube, YG and The Game.
The stabbing occurred at the music festival just after 8:30 p.m. local time.
Drakeo was attacked backstage by “a group of people,” the Los Angeles Times reported. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition before succumbing to his injuries.
As of Sunday, LAPD spokesman Officer Luis Garcia told Times that no arrests had been made. The investigation is ongoing.