Tay-K, born Taymor Travon McIntyre, has been sued for $1 million in damages as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Lucia Saldavir, the mother of Mark Anthony Saldivar. He was killed in an April 2017 shooting outside of a San Antonio Chick-Fil-A.
ABC KSAT 12 News reports that McIntyre, who is currently being held in the Tarrant County Jail on a 2016 capital murder charge, is accused of fatally shooting Saldivar after robbing him of his camera equipment.
The eight-page lawsuit was filed in the 131st Judicial District Court on Thursday and it claims Saldivar jumped onto the hood of McIntyre's vehicle after his camera equipment was stolen. McIntyre is accused of then pulling out a handgun to shoot Saldivar near Chick-fil-A's drive-thru lane.
The court documents state, "[McIntyre] intentionally and knowingly and recklessly committed criminal homicide or murder by shooting and killing [Saldivar after he] resisted the attempts against him by [McIntyre] to rob him of his camera equipment." Later, the lawsuit states that McIntyre remained at-large for months until he was later arrested in New Jersey. During this time, he recorded and uploaded the video for "The Race," which racked up over 100 million views and propelled him into stardom.
Law enforcement officials reportedly were not allowed to release any details about the shooting until now, because McIntyre is listed as a juvenile in the Bexar County system. The rapper turned 18 years old on June 16.
Earlier this year, a false meme was circulated on social media claiming that the rapper is facing the death penalty.