DEVASTATED friends have paid tribute to Indian Red Boy after the rapper was gunned down for allegedly mocking gang signs and disrespecting a Nipsey Hussle mural.
The 21-year-old artist – real name Zerail Dijon Rivera – was shot in the head three times as he sat behind the wheel of his car in the city of Hawthorne, LA.
He was chatting online to fellow social media influencer Kapone before shots were suddenly heard.
One day before his shooting, Rivera was reportedly seen in a video throwing up gang signs, MTO News reported.
The outlet claimed that the signs were disrespectful of other gangs in LA and the artist reportedly went on Instagram Live the next day to explain why he made the signs, which is when the shooting took place.
However, other reports claim that the rapper was killed in retaliation for disrespecting a mural of the late artist Nipsey Hussle, the Source said.
Kapone – known as kapaalxt8 on Instagram – shared the tragic news of the killing on social media, HITC reports.
He posted a video of Indian Red Boy dancing and wrote: "LLINDIANREDD. I LOVE YOU GANKG”
Tributes flooded in from fans on social media as news of the rapper's death emerged.
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One person commented: “Rest in Peace. I can’t believe you gone!!!!! I’m going to miss you and I remember when I used to go to school you got me a big bat of hot Cheetos so I don’t be mad at you (sic).
“Of course we both don’t listen we always end up doing stuff we wanted to do even got us in trouble. Good memories. I can’t f***ing believe it you gone why too soon? (sic)."
Others paid their condolences to the rapper’s friends and family.
A social media user wrote: “Y’all be safe out there in LA man. I just saw them videos of Indian Red that s*** foul. Y’all please remain vigilant… my condolences to his family and loved ones (sic)."
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said Rivera was already dead when they arrived at the crime scene.
Shocking footage online appears to show the moment a smiling Rivera is "targeted" as he talks to his friend.
The rapper is then seen gasping for breath seconds after shots are heard ringing out.
A bloodied Indian Red Boy can be heard saying “get help” before slumping in his seat.
The attack reportedly occurred in the 14100 block of Chadron Avenue in Hawthorne at 4pm on Thursday.
Lt. Ti Goetz, of Hawthorne police, said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene before police arrived.
Lt Goetz told Daily Breeze: "It appears to have been a walk-up shooting and he appears to have been targeted."
There are unconfirmed reports the rapper was shot after a Nipsey Hussle tribute mural was defaced with paint.
A motive has not been determined.
Indian Red Boy has also been seen with guns and flashing gun signs in his Instagram page photos.
Authorities are still searching for the suspect who is responsible for the shooting and are reviewing video systems in the area.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Hawthorne police at 310-349-2727.
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