Lil TJay was one of two people shot to death in New Jersey early Wednesday morning, just weeks after he declared it would be “a good summer.”
The Bronx-born rapper has been hit several times on the waterfront in Edgewater. The Bergen County Attorney’s Office said police responded to reports of the shooting just after midnight.
Upon arrival, they found 21-year-old Lil TJ, whose real name was Tion Marriot, with multiple gunshot wounds.
Antoine Boyd, 22, was also found to have a single gunshot wound, officials said.
Both were taken to a regional hospital for treatment. Officials have not released their terms, however TMZ has reported that Lil TJay has undergone emergency surgery.
Officials said the shooting came after Mohamed Konate tried to rob Lil TJay, Boyd and a third person the rapper was with, 24-year-old Jeffrey Valdez. Both Valdez and Boyd had illegal weapons at the time.
Later Wednesday, Konate was arrested by detectives from the Bergen County Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department. He is currently awaiting extradition to New Jersey, officials said.
He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon for illegal purposes, and aggravated assault in the fourth degree.
Boyd and Valdez were charged with illegal weapons possession and were held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack pending an initial hearing.
Lil Tjay is a Bronx rapper with over 7 million followers on Instagram. He rose to fame on Soundcloud and signed with Columbia Records in 2018. His debut album True 2 Myself peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard 200.
In an Instagram post just two weeks before he was shot, the rapper posted a video of himself dancing shirtless with a big chain, with the caption “It’s gonna be a good summer.”
He was scheduled to perform at the Nickelodeon Universe theme park at the American Dream Mall on July 22, as well as numerous music festivals in Europe, according to SeatGeek.com and tour dates posted on the rapper’s website.
Fellow artists and athletes offered their prayers for the injured rapper.
“Pray for my little brother Lil Taya,” hip-hop star French Montana tweeted.
The Run It Up rapper was arrested in Brooklyn in 2020 after police found a cache of weapons in the Cadillac Escalade he was driving in after being pulled over.
On New Year’s Eve, he appeared in court on charges of illegal possession of weapons, criminal possession of stolen property and illegal possession of marijuana. It was tied to a $50,000 bail posted by celebrity bail bondsman Ira Judelson.