Eric Andrews Jr., 28, who rapped under the name E-9, was gunned down Sunday night at the Nu Trendz Hair Salon in Franklin Township, New Jersey, reports NJ.com.
Here's what you should know about this rising star in the music industry and the latest death to rock the rap world.
1. Andrews Clung to Life As He Was Rushed to Hospital
After police responded to the call and the Nu Trendz studio (above) at around 5:53 p.m. on December 29. Andrews was immediately transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Trauma Center where he was later pronounced dead.
2. Andrews is Reported to Have Been Shot After an Argument
The investigation into Andrews' death will be handled by the Franklin Township Police Department. The New Brunswick Patch reports:
The Middlesex County Police Department and the Franklin Township Police continue to investigate the shooting. Anonymous crime tips are also being accepted via Somerset County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477).
The circumstances around the shooting are shrouded in mystery, one friend told News 12, that Andrews got into an argument but didn't go into further details.
3. Andrews Was in a Rap Duo With His Childhood Friend 6F0
Andrews was a member of a rap duo with a rapper named George Opoku aka 6F0. The pair's next show was scheduled for New Year's Eve in New York City at SOB's (below). Andrews had been friends with Opoku since moving grade school when E-9 moved to the U.S. from Africa.
4. On Twitter User Wrote that Andrews Will 'Rest in Power'
His death has resulted in an outpouring of emotion and tributes on social media.
— TΞΔM BΔNGΞRZ (@TeamBangerz) December 31, 2013
Long Live @E9Fetti Rest in Power!!!! I am so sad right now I know the whole exit 9 in Jersey is feelin it I cant believe it wow
— Jordi Chaarles (@JordiChaarles) December 31, 2013
5. This is the Latest Recent Tragedy to Impact Rap Music
On December 30, the deaths of rapper Kayo Redd was announced. He was the brother of fellow rapper Waka Flocka, who collaborated with E-9 AND 6F0 on the track "M.O.N.E.Y" which also featured Jamal Wollard, who played slain-rapper Notorious B.I.G. in the movie Notorious.