An eighteen year old aspiring rapper and Bell Warriors footballer was gunned down in a rare shooting on Gilmour Street, Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday morning, Canadian news agencies and Capital Hill Parliament police confirmed.
According to neighbors the shooting occurred at 7:30am on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 in an apartment rented out through Airbnb on Gilmour Street in Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood amidst reports of multiple gunshots.
Speaking to media the Acting Inspector, Francois D’Aoust, said the incident must have been targeted but there was no active shooting at the time and no suspect was identified.
The victim of the gun shooting was later identified as a 18-year-old aspiring rapper, Manyok Akol. Three other tenageers at the age of 15, 19 and 20 year old suffered serious injuries and were rushed to hospital.
Akol released a hit rap song called “Rainy Days” a few months ago where he depicted a teenager gunned down on Ritchie Street, two others suffered injuries and himself sustaining a few gunshots on a Wednesday midnight on the West End of Ottawa, Canada.
In two other videos, which he launched within the last four months, Akol talked about death, how he was being targeted but he hoped to survive.
“𝐴 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑔𝑢𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑅𝑖𝑡𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑒 𝑆𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑡 ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑥 𝑚𝑖𝑑𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑑𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑑𝑎𝑦. 𝑆𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑛𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑤𝑖𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑠𝑎𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 1 𝑔𝑢𝑛𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑡”….”𝑎 𝑡𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑡”, “𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛𝑗𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑑;
“𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 18 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑎 𝑓𝑒𝑤 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑠….and I ain’t gonna stop…they ain’t gonna take me out. I believe I’m gonna make it out” Akol sung.
The teen rapper was known by most of his peers not only as a talented musician but also as an aspiring footballer.
According to his coach, Manyok was a competitive and dominant player in American football.
Manyok played for Bell Warrior football program from as early as 2013 and Paul Stewart coached him for most of those years.
“It shocked us all up. We spent six to nine years training these kids” Paul added.
Responding to the news, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, sent his condolence message to the families who are affected and said he has spoken with Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, about the shooting and the investigation.
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