BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Loved ones and community leaders gathered on Wednesday morning to hold a press conference for slain Baltimore rapper ‘Lor Scoota’.
Tyriece Travon Watson, 23, also known as ‘Lor Scoota’ was murdered last Saturday in the middle of a busy Baltimore intersection.
“Scoota was not just a local rapper, he was a son of Baltimore that defied and overcame all of the odds that so many of us have faced to achieve the level of a nationally known recording artist,” said Minister Marvin McKenstry Jr. during Wednesday press conference.
McKenstry spoke on the impact Lor Scoota left on the community and the message he shared across the world.
“We need to recognize him for the artistry. So far his legacy has been overshadowed by the circumstances surrounding his death,” he said. “We declare today that we want people to see past that as we continue to pray and seek justice in his murder that we begin today to celebrate as a city, as a community, the life and legacy of this talented, brilliant, young man.”
As the community continues mourning the loss of the Baltimore rapper, community leaders announce three days of healing.
REFLECTING ON SCOOTA’S LYRICS
“Today we want every parent to sit down with their child who loved Lor Scoota’s music and we want you to listen to every one of the lyrics…we want you to listen to how they enjoy the music,” said Derrick Chase, with Stand Up Baltimore.
TRANSITION INTO WHAT’S NEXT
On Thursday, Chase says that the healing with continue at Wylie Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“We are going to give Scoota the opportunity and the world the opportunity to come and see Scoota in this very glorious moment as he transitions to what’s coming next,” says Chase. “From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. we are going to have various hip hop artist from this community to perform and celebrate this young man’s life”
SAYING GOODBYE/ REPAST
Family and friends will gather to say one last goodbye to Scoota at the Empowerment Temple on Friday. A wake will start at 10 a.m., with the funeral at 11 a.m.
A repast will be held in the community near the Royal Theater sign at Pennsylvania Ave & W. Lafayette Ave in West Baltimore.
Alexis Savage, Lor Scoota’s personal assistant became emotional talking about impact the rapper left on the community and the children of the city.
“Scoota had a gift many don’t have. Sometimes as parents we can’t speak to our kids, but Scoota had a way of getting to the children and getting to the adults a message of love, of truth and what we face in the streets,” said Savage. “If we teacher our children love they would know the value of a life and they wouldn’t think to take someone’s life if they knew someone loved them.”
Police say they still haven’t identified a suspect in the killing.
Watson was shot Saturday night while driving near Morgan State University. A Baltimore City council member said Watson was at a charity basketball game before being shot.
At a press conference Wednesday evening, police released a video of a van that they say may be connected to the murder.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police immediately.