The hip-hop community is mourning the death of rising star rapper Lil Marlo.
The rapper, whose real name is Rudolph Johnson, was found dead on the night of Saturday, July 11, on the I-285 highway in Atlanta, according to multiple reports. He appeared to have been shot inside the vehicle while he was driving, TMZ reports.
"At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting," an Atlanta Police Department rep told Billboard.
Marlo signed to Quality Control in 2017 and was known for hits including "1st N 3rd," as well as his appearance on "The Load" with his best friend, Lil Baby, and Gucci Mane.
The Medical Examiner reported he was 30, although some outlets have reported he was 27.
As news of the Quality Control Music artist's death spread, his hip-hop peers grappled with the news on social media.
"We just did a song a 4 this morning," posted Lil Yachty, who shares the same label. "Smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1."
Cardi B collaborators City Girls, who are also on Quality Control Music, shared, "Rest In Peace Marlo……damn💔," while Meek Mill tweeted, "Rip lil marlo," adding, "prayers to his family."
"Lost of words but I knew where we stood," wrote Kollision, also a Quality Control artist, on his Instagram Story (via Billboard), "… and I'll never forget them Heart to heart convos."
Quality Control CE Pierre Pee Thomas posted that Marlo had "so much potential that the world didn't get a chance to see," according to Georgia's 11Alive.com
"May you rest in peace," the label wrote on a photo memorializing the late artist on Instagram on Sunday.