On a day intended to celebrate freedom, the family and friends of Tray Savage are mourning a loss. According to TMZ, the 26-year-old rapper was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago on Friday (June 19) around 11 a.m. local time after he’d just dropped off his girlfriend.
Savage, who was signed to Fredo Santana and Chief Keef’s label Glory Boyz Entertainment, was reportedly driving through the Chatham neighborhood when someone opened fire, striking him in the shoulder and neck. Police say Savage’s car then slammed into three other vehicles after he was hit.
Although Savage was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Canter, he later died from his injuries. Witnesses at the scene noted a white SUV was spotted around the time of the incident, but law enforcement has yet to track down any suspects.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Savage as Kentray Young, his birth name. He lived in the same neighborhood where he was shot.
Savage is widely known for a 2013 collaboration with Keef called “Chiefin’ Keef.” He’s dropped a handful of solo albums as well, including 2019’s MHGS and 2013’s Braindead.
In one of Savage’s last Instagram posts, he reflected on the May 25 police killing of George Floyd and noted the violence he’d often witness in his hometown.
“#MrFloyd they treat us by color not by name,” he wrote in the caption. “I been living in Chicago my whole life it’s always been police brutality on African Americans I don’t condone this but they gotta hear us or feel some how some way.”