Hundreds of mourners gathered this weekend to pay their final respects to Lil Snupe, the promising 18-year-old rapper who was shot and killed earlier this month.
According to the Shreveport Times, the teen's funeral service was held on Saturday at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Lil Snupe's hometown of Jonesboro, La.
Mourners reportedly began arriving three hours before the service began. Rapper Meek Mill, who had signed Lil Snupe (born Addaren Ross) to his DreamChasers record label last year, was among the many attendees.
“I saw something in him. His demo tape spoke to me. I saw myself in him,” Mill said Saturday, according to the Times.
Earlier this week, the 36-year-old man suspected of murdering the teen surrendered to Louisiana police. According to the AP, Tony Holden has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Since news of Lil Snupe's untimely death emerged earlier this month, many fans and musicians, including hip hop mogul Sean Combs, have taken to Twitter to express their grief.
RIP @LilSnupe..prayers to his family..Some of the saddest news you ever hear...rise up and be leaders for the future. Lives depend on it..
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) June 21, 2013
— Live.Love.ASAP (@IMTHEREAL_MU) June 30, 2013
— A BAY BAY (@hollyhoodbaybay) June 29, 2013
Rest in peace, Lil Snupe.