Lil TJay was one of two people shot dead in New Jersey early Wednesday morning, just weeks after he said it would be “a good summer.”
The Bronx-born rapper has been punched multiple times at The Promenade in Edgewater. The Bergen County District Attorney’s Office said cops responded to reports of shots being fired at the scene just after midnight.
Upon arrival, they discovered 21-year-old Lil TJay, real name Tione Marriot, with multiple gunshot wounds.
Antoine Boyd, 22, was also found with a single gunshot wound, officials said.
Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Officials did not disclose their conditions, but TMZ reported that Lil TJay underwent emergency surgery.
Officials said the shooting happened after Mohamed Konaté tried to rob Lil TJay, Boyd and a third person the rapper was with, 24-year-old Jeffrey Valdez. Valdez and Boyd each had an illegal weapon on them at the time.
Konate was arrested later Wednesday by detectives from the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office and the New York Police Department. His extradition to New Jersey is currently pending, officials said.
He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth degree aggravated assault.
Both Boyd and Valdez were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and were being held in the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack pending an initial court hearing.
Lil Tjay is a Bronx-born rapper with over 7 million Instagram followers. He rose to fame on Soundcloud and was signed to Columbia Records in 2018. His debut album, “True 2 Myself”, peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200.
In an Instagram post just two weeks before he was shot, the rapper posted a video of himself dancing shirtless with a big chain with the caption “It’s going to be a good summer.”
He was scheduled to perform at the Nickelodeon Universe theme park at American Dream Mall on July 22 as well as numerous music festivals in Europe, according to SeatGeek.com and tour dates posted on the rapper’s website.
Other artists and athletes offered their prayers for the injured rapper.
“Pray for my little bro lil Tjay,” the French Montana hip-hop star tweeted.
The “Run It Up” rapper was arrested in Brooklyn in 2020 after cops found a cache of guns in a Cadillac Escalade he was driving in after his arrest.
He was arraigned on New Year’s Eve for felony possession of a weapon, felony possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana. He received $50,000 bail posted by famed surety Ira Judelson.