AKA and close friend shot dead, investigations, Footage leaked, Burial announced

Date 2023-02-16

Category Gist & Gossip

South African rapper, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, popularly known as AKA and close friend shot dead, investigations, Footage leaked, Burial announced



One of South Africa’s leading rappers, popularly known as AKA, has been shot dead outside a restaurant in the coastal city of Durban.
Kiernan Forbes was killed along with his close friend, the chef and entrepreneur Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane.

The pair are thought to have been on their way to a nightclub for a performance as part of Forbes’ birthday celebrations when they were shot.
The motive of the killing is being investigated.

Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda has told the BBC that the rapper and his friend were walking to their car when they were approached by two armed men who shot them at close range. The assailants then fled the scene on foot.

Police have said they don’t want to speculate on whether the murders were a result of a hit but said that possibility cannot be ruled out.
Forbes began his musical career as part of the rap group Entity before he launched his solo career, winning several awards in South Africa for his music.
He was also celebrated internationally, with several nominations for a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award in the US and an MTV Europe Music Award.
Hours before his death, the 35-year-old posted on social media about his upcoming album, Mass Country, which is set for release later this month.
Forbes’ parents have paid tribute to him in a statement posted on one of his social media accounts.

“To us, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, most importantly father to his beloved daughter Kairo,” they wrote.

“To many, he was AKA, Supa Mega, Bhova and the many other names of affection his legion of fans called him by. Our son was loved and gave love in return.”
Motsoane, who was also AKA’s former manager, has been described on social media as “a true gentleman”.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and shootings are not uncommon.
The charity Gun Free South Africa, which works to reduce gun violence in the country, estimates that 30 people are murdered in the country with guns daily.

The South African police have shared new updates on the shooting and killing of multiple award-winning rapper AKA.

The South African police, according to BBC News, has revealed that evidence gathered and uncovered so far has shed more light into the brutal killing and shooting of multiple award-winning rapper AKA who was killed outside a restaurant in Durban at the age of 35.

The police confirmed in a press conference that the rapper was assassinated when he was shot at a point blank rage by a shooter outside a restaurant in Durban. They however confirmed that the shooters had been identified even though no arrest had been made yet.

The BBC News stated:

No arrests have yet been made.

But police say they know the identities of the “two shooters”, and are still checking the identities of all of those at the scene in Durban that night.

Investigators are now using the suspects’ data to piece together their communication and movements in the run-up to the killings
Police Chief  Gen Mkhwanazi also added:

“We know that the aim was to first kill AKA, and the second suspect could have killed any other [person] because they fired a couple of shots – so anybody who was on the way could have been hit,”

The family of multiple award-winning rapper AKA who passed away untimely at the age of 35, have announced the burial arrangements for the rapper amidst a police investigation into his death.

Father of the late rapper, Tony Forbes, in a press conference on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, addressed the public, thanking them for their support while highlighting the burial plans for the late rapper. He said:

“We want to acknowledge the outpouring of love that we have received since Kiernan’s passing. That love has been extended to our families, our colleagues and friends. It has really helped in terms of giving us comfort these past few days,”

Tony Forbes also revealed that a memorial service would be held for the rapper who had been an inspiration to many on Friday, February 17, 2023.

He revealed:

“It’s our wish to celebrate the life of Kiernan with those he touched and impacted throughout his music [career]. His memorial will therefore be open to the public as well as streamed online.”

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Sources: BBC, Bella Naija, Notjustok

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