The death of YSL rapper Lil Keed sent shockwaves throughout Atlanta and those who personally knew and adorned the emerging rapper. However, the general public won’t be able to gather in his hometown more than two weeks after his untimely death.
According to local outlet Fox 5, the city of Forest Park announced it wouldn’t hold a planned vigil site for the late rapper, citing the already expected traffic from the city’s primary elections, which will be held the same day as the vigil.
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In a statement, Forest Park city officials wrote:
“Like so many others throughout metro Atlanta and communities across the nation, the City of Forest Park was saddened to hear about the recent passing of local hometown entertainer Raqhid Jevon Render, also known as Lil Keed. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family, friends and all those who have been impacted by this unfortunate loss.
“Despite recent reports in the media and in light of several upcoming events — including next week’s very important general primary election — the city has decided not to issue a special permit for a vigil to be held at Starr Park on Tuesday, May 24. Officers from the Forest Park Police Department will be taking extra precautions next week to block streets and parking to Starr Park in an effort to help ensure public safety in our community. Extra patrols at all city parks and public recreation areas will also be taking place, as well, to address elevated security measures.
“Although this may be a difficult time for a great number individuals, the city is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and businesses. It is our sincere hope that the life of Mr. Render will be celebrated peacefully by all those who wish to remember him and his legacy.”
Keed passed away on May 13, days after his YSL label boss and mentor Young Thug along with Gunna and 26 others were arrested on various charges by Georgia authorities who claim YSL was not only a record label but a street gang operating in Atlanta since 2012.
Although a cause of death has yet to be determined in Keed’s death, sources close to the rapper say he complained of severe stomach pain and sought treatment at a Los Angeles area hospital where he experienced multi-organ failure.
2021 was one of the worst years for rapper deaths. We remember all of the fallen here.