New Orleans, Louisiana police have confirmed rapper BTY YoungN was shot and killed Saturday night in the 17th Ward’s Hollygrove neighborhood. BTY YoungN, whose given name was Desmone Jerome, was best known for his affiliation with Birdman and Cash Money Record’s Rich Gang. In November of 2016, BTY YoungN appeared in a viral clip with Birdman featuring the Cash Money CEO and co-founder showing off a gold toilet.
According to multiple reports, the shooting occurred at a gas station in the 9200 block of Airline Highway around 11:00 p.m. local time. A police report obtained by the New Orleans Advocate confirms Jerome was shot multiple times, and his body was found lying in a gas station pumping area. The rapper was pronounced dead at the scene.
Upon hearing of BTY YoungN’s death, fans began sharing their condolences via social media. BTY YoungN was 27, and he leaves behind a newborn child. The Advocate reports the rapper was at least the 63rd person slain in New Orleans in 2017 and the 12th to be killed in the month of April.
If i die today remember youngn like B-I, bury me in a Tee some Tims & some Levis🎤 Rest In Peace bty youngn 🙏🏾— Black Attack!👽 (@_quaaaani) April 30, 2017
Damn they den got bty youngn?? That's cole bruh— Donovan Weatherspoon (@2realmacdatfee) April 30, 2017
RIP MY NIGGA BTY YOUNGN MAN WTF pic.twitter.com/siCFsule5n— Jade DelValle (@JadeDelValle) April 30, 2017
“He was a very uplifting individual,” Glenn Bell, who identified himself as Jerome’s cousin, told the New Orleans Times Picayune. “A very positive individual. Very impactful…he’s going to live on.”