D. Rose, an affiliate of Interscope rapper Chief Keef, has been arrested and charged with the Feb. 12 murder of South Side Chicago teenager Venzel Richardson. Rose, whose birth name is Ahbir Sardin, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to Chicago Tribune.
D. Rose, 17, hails from the 600 block Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, a stronghold of the Black Disciples.
Rose was released months ago from Cook County Department of Corrections after he was charged with armed robbery with a firearm.
Chief Keef name-dropped Rose in “Love Sosa,” rapping, “Don’t make me call D. Rose boy/He six double-0 boy/And he keep that pole boy/You gon’ get f*cked over.”
D. Rose was also mentioned in one of Keef’s earliest works “John Madden” where Sosa raps, “600 boy, I ride those boys/ D. Rose boy, My lil bro boy.”
Rose can be seen making a cameo appearance in the track’s visual wearing a blue t-shirt and a white skullcap.
D. Rose is being charged as an adult in the slaying, the Tribune reports. Witnesses reportedly identified him as the shooter in a photo array and a police lineup.
Venzel, 14, was shot multiple times upon leaving a corner store with friends. Venzel a freshman at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, was struck by an assailant inside a white van, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Venzel was reportedly shot in the upper back, left lower buttock and outer hip. A fourth bullet went though Venzel’s neck and exited through his forehead, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The shooting occurred in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
Friends and family were shocked by Venzel’s sudden passing and took to social media to mourn his death:
Dunbar instructor Greg Ingleright also mourned Venzel’s loss.
“RIP Venzel,” he wrote on Twitter.
Ingleright shared a Chicago News Now story to his Twitter account titled, “Teen, 14, fatally shot in head in Woodlawn on South Side near 61st, Vernon.”
Ingleright is distraught by the violence-plagued areas where his students reside, referring to the city of Chicago as “Chiraq.”
“Teaching in a war zone has got me down #Chiraq,” he wrote.
Venzel’s mother Laveta Richardson was distraught by her son’s death. Richardson and family say they don’t want the slain teen’s death to be written off as just another dead black kid.
“We don’t want Venzel to be known how the police are portraying him — as a gangbanger,” the boy’s aunt, Denise Richardson, told DNAInfo. “We don’t want him to be another statistic, just lying out there in the snow. Dead. Just another black kid. ‘Oh, he’s in a gang.’”
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