It has been announced to HipHopDX that Turk a/k/a Lil Turk of The Hot Boys lost younger brother Ronald Smith to gun violence yesterday (February 22). Smith was shot in killed early yesterday morning in the Jefferson Parish of New Orleans', the family's hometown. A 19 year-old, Travis Dennis, is already in police custody, and reportedly confessed to the killing.
Website KeepItTrill.com has posted a statement from Turk on the loss of his younger sibling.
Noting a closeness with Ronald, Turk, the older brother asks fans to help his struggling mother. “My mother is mourning over the loss of her youngest child and over the fact that there is no insurance or funds to arrange the proper burial. I am asking for you to get the word out and to also help financially in any way you can.” The rest of the statement can be read at KeepItTrill.com
Fans wishing to help contribute to the services can do so via Western Union:
Western Union Blue Quick Collect Form
Pay to: SSC
Code City: Cobra Cash, FL
Wetsern union can also be done over the phone at 1-800-325-6000.
At present, Turk is serving a 12-year prison sentence related to a Tennessee shooting of a police officer in 2004. The former Cash Money Records rapper has been in prison for nearly five years, and is expected to be released by 2017.
In October, Hot Boy brethren Juvenile spoke of the incarcerated fourth member of the late '90s super-group of Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile and Lil Turk. "I wish I could have him out here right now, but bruh, it is what it is,” said Juve of Turk. “He locked up in Tennessee. They got laws down there dude that’s from what…the 1800s. And by that being the situation, being against the police… I put some money up and everything to get him out dude, so it ain’t like we not behind him to get him out and we don’t wanna see him free, he’s just in a situation where it’s 'Johnny Law' and he don’t wanna see him free."
Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne have all lost family members to tragedy in the course of their decade-plus careers.
HipHopDX extends our condolences to Turk, his mother and family and friends of Ronald Smith. We encourage our readers to help.