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Memphis Rapper, Snootie Wild, Shot Dead in Houston

Courtesy of Krystal Meredith
Yo Gotti protégé Snootie Wild is dead at 36.

The Memphis, Tennesee, rapper best known for his 2014 hit "Yayo," was found shot in the neck next to an SUV in a ditch early Friday morning in Houston.

Police told local ABC-TV affiliate KTRK that Porter backed up into the ditch accidentally, and he was shot by individuals who pulled up to the scene.

“They were talking for a little bit, and then all of a sudden, gunfire went off," Houston Police Department spokesman Lt. Ronald Willkens said.

Surveillance video obtained by HPD shows a white vehicle with two men and one woman inside arriving on the scene before a single shot was fired into Wild's SUV.

The shooting occurred at around 2 a.m. By Friday afternoon, rumors of Wild's death were sweeping social media.

Those claims were refuted by his official Facebook page which said the hip-hop artist, who received CPR at the scene and was sent to a local hospital in critical condition, was still alive.

"Snootie is not DEAD! But he is fighting for his life," read the post. "Out of respect for the family, please refrain from sharing anything that is not communicated through his official accounts. Thank you."

But, Saturday on his official Instagram post, the family confirmed his death.

“Gone in body, but your NAME & LEGACY will live forever! #TeamYayo4Life,” the post read.

Wild, whose real name was LePreston Porter, had moved to the city in recent years according to his fiance and manager Krystal Meredith. She said he had "major" plans for releasing new music.

"He was very active in the industry, and they literally just cut it short," Meredith told the Houston Chroncile. "But overall he was the glue for his family and friends.”

She also said the killing of the father of five was a tragedy.

“Snootie was a rapper but he was also a great individual," Meredith said. "He was a loving father … and we don’t understand how this could have happened or why it happened. We want justice in his killing.”

It may be some time before that happens.

Willkens said officers were “sitting on” what they believed to be the suspects’ vehicle, found near the shooting scene, but it's unclear whether any arrests were made. A motive has yet to be identified by investigators.

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