Last week, it was reported that Cleveland rapper Q Money was wanted for murder. He was accused of gunning down a fellow musician and leaving them for dead in a living room. It was later confirmed that the identity of the victim was Calvin Chappell.
Q Money was arrested for Chappell's murder. In a newly released statement through a local news station, his family states that Q was simply acting in self-defense. They begin by offering their condolences to the Chappell family for their loss, explaining that they were "very familiar" with Calvin "in his younger years with our son." They added that he was a "kind young man with a bright future as a singing recording artist."
From here they explain that they believe Q Money is not guilty of first-degree murder. "As the facts and evidence continue to become available, we are sure that they will show that Qamar acted in self-defense from feeling as though his life was at risk and being threatened," his family statement continued.
Read the statement in full below.
"First, we would like to send out our deepest condolences to the Chappell Family at this unfortunate time of loss. We were very familiar with Calvin Alexander Chappell in his younger years with our son. He was a kind young man with a bright future as a singing recording artist. Our son Qamar was focused on bringing positive energy through his music. He started his career from the ground up and does not promote violence or portray the use of guns in any of his visuals that he releases. His rapid rise to stardom fueled his ambitions to continue to work hard to get his career to the next level until he had reached the goals that he had set for himself. Qamar loves his son, his family and his craft. He has shown perseverance to eventually have become the next biggest artists ever.
At the recent tragic loss of Nipsey Hustle, all artist are finding themselves thinking about what would they do if placed in a predicament that they would have to protect their lives if it were being threatened due to being a celebrity. We feel Qamar was a victim in this situation as well due to his life being completely being altered behind this event. Qamar is an energetic, enthusiastic young man and has no malice in his heart for anyone. As the facts and evidence continue to become available, we are sure that they will show that Qamar acted in self-defense from feeling as though his life was at risk and being threatened.
We are deeply saddened by the way the information that has been released portrays the night in question. We are here 100 percent to support our son Qamar. On April 18, 2019 Qamar turned himself into the Atlanta Dekaulb County Police for further review of this case. We are praying for the Chappell family and we ask that you keep our family in your prayers as well. We look forward to a positive outcome for our son Qamar “QMoneyyyyy” Williams."
Calvin Chappell was reportedly in Georgia staying with his cousin, who was woken up by their roommate when they walked in on Q standing over the body of Chappell. The unidentified roommate and Chappell's cousin explained that they took the gun from Q and forced him out the door. Upon arriving at the scene, cops discovered shell casings and guns. He was fatally shot in the head at 8:30 a.m. on April 15.
Q Money signed with Warner Bros. and Think It's a Game Records last year.