Former rapper Sporty T was murdered Tuesday morning (July 15) when unknown assailants with AK-47 rifles opened fire on the FEMA trailer in which he slept.
According to the Times-Picayune, Sporty T, real name Terence Vine, was in bed when several of the bullets shot into the trailer struck his body. The coroner’s office said that the former rapper was 39, though friends and family claimed he was 41.
NOPD officers reported that the trailer was riddled with at least 28 bullet holes, and Vine was pronounced dead at the scene. Police currently have no motive, suspects or witnesses.
Vine joined a rap trio known as the Ninja Crew when he was 14, recording three albums. He then signed as a solo artist with Big Boy Records, recording over a dozen albums with them. Drawing a local following, he began his own Sporty Records, where he ended his career as a rapper.
Since that time, he held regular jobs and parented two 10-year-old sons and a 15-year-old stepdaughter, according to his sister Sheila. When asked if her brother had enemies, she responded, “My brother wasn’t beefing with anybody,”
Sheila Vine said. “He didn’t go out much. He just
worked. He kept to himself. He loved his kids.”
Vine had brushes with the law, including a murder charge he was never convicted of. Another member of the Ninja Crew, Terrence “Baby T” McKenzie, was murdered in April 2000.