Friends and Family Bid Farewell To Shawty Lo

On Saturday, family and the hip-hop community gathered to say its final good-byes to beloved Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo.

The rapper, who’s given name was Carlos Walker, was a founding member of the hip-hop group D4L. In 2003, he founded D4L Records. His best-known single was Dey Know.

Funeral services were held at the Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on Fairburn Road in Atlanta, and are set to begin Saturday morning. WXIA-TV live-streamed the memorial, with permission from Walker’s family, for those who wish to pay their respects, but can’t do so in person.

Walker will be laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park. On Friday, family, friends and fans gathered for a wake for the rapper.

Walker, 40, was killed earlier this month after he was ejected onto I-285 after his 2016 Audi crashed through the highway guardrail and caught fire. The official cause of death in the accident was ruled to be blunt force trauma, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office.

Two women were also in the car at the time of the wreck, and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They were later identified as Destini Carter and Deshondria Miller, though how the two women knew Walker is unclear.

Tributes poured in for the rapper after news of his death broke. D4L members said the whole sad situation felt “like a dream.”

“He definitely had a lot of love for everyone out here,” D4L manager Johnnie Cabbell said. “He was real. Very authentic. Wasn’t nothing fake about Shawty Lo.”

Walker grew up in Bowen Homes, an Atlanta public-housing development. As his music career grew, so did his family. He was the father of 11 children.

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