YNG Cheese, the son of Philadelphia rapper Gillie Da King, was killed in a triple shooting on Tuesday night. The shooting happened in the city’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood around 11:30 p.m. Cheese, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other men were also shot, but they survived.
Police have not released any information about the suspects or a motive for the shooting. However, they have said that it is an ongoing investigation.
Cheese was a rising rapper who had been signed to his father’s record label, ESG Entertainment. He had released several mixtapes and singles, and he was gaining a following in the Philadelphia hip-hop scene.
His death has been met with an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow artists. Gillie Da King has been particularly vocal in his grief, and he has called for an end to the violence in Philadelphia.
“I’m just lost for words,” Gillie Da King said in an interview. “My son was just starting his life. He had so much potential. It’s just not fair.”
The shooting is the latest in a string of gun violence in Philadelphia. In 2022, the city has already seen more than 2,000 shootings, and more than 400 people have been killed.
Police and community leaders are working to address the issue, but it is a complex problem with no easy solutions. In the meantime, Cheese’s death is a reminder of the human cost of gun violence.