Local rap star mourned by his family

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are still looking for the person who shot and killed 22-year-old Shamarl Whittaker. Whittaker was an aspiring musician and an expectant father. He leaves behind a family in pain.

By looking at his music videos on-line, Shamarl Whittaker appears to be a young man that can't be stopped. A young man on a mission.

"Music was, music was his life. He fell in love with about middle school," said his mother Prissilla Johnson- White. "He could play musical instruments, he could play the bass. He had an ear for it."

Whittaker, who performed under the name "Da Truth" was an emerging star in the Richmond rap scene. His sister and mother believe he was on the verge of something big.

"They just started playing his music on the radio," said his sister Shovawn Whittaker.

But Whittaker's big dreams vanished, early Tuesday morning.

"Somebody asked me did I hear somebody at the door and then all I heard was gunshots."

Shante Jones, is pregnant with Whittaker's daughter. She was in bed when a knock came at the door. Moments later her boyfriend was dead. Police have no suspects. Whittaker's sister Shovawn believes they don't have to look very far.

"For him to open that door, he knew whoever did this to him, he knew, he knew them," she said.

And while the search for his killer continues, Whittaker's family is left to wonder why.

"When he wasn't surrounded by the people, the three women in his life that meant the most to him and one on the way, he was writing music," said his Mother. "He's got a child he's never gonna see."

A child that's only connection with her father, will be through his music.

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