Rapper found dead in Detroit mourned

George Hunter and Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are investigating the shooting death of a rapper found Monday on the city’s west side while family and fans mourned and others left messages on Twitter and sought comfort in his songs.

The man, identified as Doughboy Roc, was sitting in his car near an abandoned field outside a house on Stoepel when “somebody shot him,” Second Precinct Capt. John Serda said.

Officers found the bullet-ridden body in a white Hyundai near Stoepel and Westfield at about 3:30 p.m., investigators said.

He appeared to have been shot in his right ear and shoulder, police said.

Soon after the news broke that the rapper had been killed, the neighborhood was filled with authorities and mourners.

Some of the dozens in a large crowd at the scene wept and embraced. One woman had to be propped up by others.

As news spread, a large crowd also gathered at a liquor store one block away from the scene, prompting police to call in for additional backup, Serda said.

After the shooting, “people who knew him showed up and started gathering outside of the store. There was a lot of commotion. The police showed up and told me to shut the store down,” said Douraid Karim, owner of Big Daddy Liquor store on Livernois.

Adrian Clemens said she was the victim’s cousin and referred to him as “Little Rodney.”

“He was a good guy just trying to pursue his music career,” she said.

Another acquaintance said the rapper grew up in the Brightmoor neighborhood and was a “legend.”

“I did music with him. We did beats together for years. I grew up with him,” said Huey, a fellow musician. “His best friend was killed a few months ago.”

“RIP DOUGHBOY ROC,” one tweet said as fans mourned.

“Rest in power, Doughboy Roc. Remember the Doughboyz Cashout MC with his last release, ‘Roc Vs Balboa’ on TIDAL ...” another fan said.

Doughboy Roc, whose real name was Rodney Yeargin, according to the Hollywood Life website, first gained fame as part of the rap crew called Doughboyz Cashout, according to Hollywood Life.

“RIP Doughboy Roc. Bless his Soul, his family n Doughboyz Cashout. We gotta do better,” said Sean Don @Big Sean, a rapper and producer from Detroit.

Monday’s incident is the second fatal shooting in three months involving well-known Detroit rappers. In July, Dominique Brown and Ramell Campbell, known as Domo Brown and 47 Mell, respectively, were killed in a drive-by shooting while driving east on Interstate 94 near Livernois. Police said that killing was the result of an ongoing feud.

Other shootings involving Detroit rappers include:

■Dex Osama, whose real name was Byron Cox, was killed in September 2015 outside the Crazy Horse strip club in southwest Detroit following a fight over a woman.

■ King Gordy, who appeared in Eminem’s movie “8 Mile,” was shot five times in February 2013 during a robbery attempt.

■In April 2006, DeShaun Holton who, as rapper “Proof,” was a member of the Eminem-fronted hip-hop sextet D12, was killed outside the CCC Club on Eight Mile near Gratiot.

■ Obie Trice, also an Eminem protege, was shot Dec. 31, 2005, while driving on the Lodge Freeway.

■Darnell Lyndsey, whose stage name was Blade Icewood, was killed in April 2005 in a drive-by shooting, less than a year after another gun attack had left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Anyone with information about Monday’s fatal shooting is asked to call the Detroit Police Department Homicide Unit at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips also can be submitted through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.