Authorities have identified a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of Desmone Jerome, a Rich Gang-affiliated rapper known as BTY YoungN.
On Friday night, New Orleans investigators announced they are searching for 31-year-old Darryl Bannister Jr., who will be arrested and charged with second-degree murder, the Advocate reports. Authorities do not have a photo of the suspect or a description; however, they’re urging anyone with information about Bannister’s location to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Clinton Givens at (504) 658-5300.
BTY YoungN was shot and killed on the night of April 29 at a Shell gas station. Responding officers found the 27-year-old with multiple gunshot wounds, lying face up at the pumping area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Advocate, Bannister pleaded guilty to a state racketeering case filed against "The Taliban"—a streetgang located in Leonidas, where Jerome grew up. Authorities said Bannister admitted his involvement in a shooting during that case.
Following Jerome's death, fans shared their condolences on social media. Birdman, who signed the rapper to Cash Money Records, wiped his Instagram clean, and posted a photo of Jerome with the hashtag #gonebutnevaforgotten.
Stay tuned as more information about the investigation comes in.