Rap star Chris King shot to death in Nashville following confrontation

 April 24, 2024

Rap music fans were devastated this past weekend that recording artist Chris King was fatally gunned down in Nashville. 

According to a press release put out by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, King (whose real name was Christopher Cheeks) died early on Saturday morning.

Twenty-nine-year-old man also wounded in shooting

"Homicide Unit detectives are working strong, active leads into Saturday's 2:30 a.m. shooting that killed Christopher Cheeks, 32, and injured a 29-year-old man in an alleyway between Hayes and Church Streets," the police department explained.

It noted that the rapper "was at the location with a group of friends when three men began interacting with the group."

"The 29-year-old victim reported the group was hanging out cordially for some time before the three suspects attempted to rob his group of friends. It was then that he heard gunfire and realized he was struck," the statement continued.

"The victim, Cheeks and their other friends ran off in separate directions. The 29-year-old was located on Church Street and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment," it added.

Police request help in locating suspect

The statement concluded by saying, "Cheeks was located in the parking garage of the Hayes Street Hotel. He was transported to Vanderbilt where he died. No one else appeared to be struck by the gunfire."

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department put out a social media post on Monday which sought the public's help in locating a suspect.

"Detectives are working to locate Adrian Cameron, 19, for [Saturday's] homicide of Christopher Cheeks outside a music studio on Hayes St," it announced.

"Cameron was out on bond for the 2021 murder of Josh Evans [and] on an ankle monitor at the time of the fatal shooting," it added.

Fellow musicians post tributes online

E! News noted that the death of Chris King was met with online tributes from other artists, including pop singer Justin Bieber.

Actress and singer Keke Palmer spoke up as well in a social media post of her own, writing, "I can't believe I'm saying rest in peace."

"This is terrible. I really don't know what to say. I just want to share that I loved you and I remember all the city walk, grove moments," E! News quoted her as adding.

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