Shreveport, LA – Gun violence continues to infiltrate the rap community a month after the shooting deaths of King Von and BadAzz Music Syndicate rapper Mo3. According to Shreveport, Louisiana breaking news reporter Timmy Lane, local rapper Blue Benji Kobe was shot and killed in broad daylight on Sunday (December 6).
On the day of the shooting, Lane tweeted, “24 year-old Jacoby Kentae Ware (Bluebenjikobe), was shot several times at around 2p.m. in the 7000 block of Pines Road. He was transported to Ochsner Health hospital where he succumbed to his wounds at 2:52p.m.”
Blue Benji Kobe was seemingly on the come up in recent weeks. His manager Lil Cali shared an emotional Instagram post revealing he’d just signed his first major record deal with the home of Joey Bada$$, T-Pain, Flipp Dinero and more.
“DAMN BRO!!!!!,” the post begins in all caps. “LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AGO WE WENT TO NYC TO SIGN YOUR FIRST MAJOR LABEL RECORD DEAL, WHEN WE LEFT THE OFFICE I TOLD U WHEN U GET BACK HOME BE CAREFUL BECAUSE U AT THAT POINT IN YOUR CAREER WHEN BULLSHIT ALWAYS SEEM TO HAPPEN RIGHT WHEN U ABOUT TO TAKEOFF SO LAY LOW AND BE CAREFUL IT’S BOUT TO BE UP. NOW TODAY HAPPENED! FUCK!!!!”
He continued, “I WANNA THANK @hovain and @jonnyshipes OF CINEMATIC MUSIC GROUP FOR BELIEVING IN U AND GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT U ALWAYS WANTED TO DO AND THAT WAS SHOW YOUR TALENT TO THE WORLD! BIG SHOUTOUT ALSO TO MY FAMILY AT @sonymusic @the_orchard_ WHO ALSO HAD A RECORD DEAL OFFER IN FOR KOBE.
“THIS ONE HERE GOT ME FUCKED UP!!! I’M HAPPY TO HAVE SPENT THOSE FEW DAYS WITH U IN NEW YORK WIT @bigfellazilofficial , WE CHOPPED IT UP ALL DAY AND NIGHT ABOUT HOW WE WAS ABOUT TO KILL THE INDUSTRY AND TRUST ME BRAH WE WERE ABOUT TO DO IT!! YO GRIND HAD FINALLY PAID OFF!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS SHIT! MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR KIDS LIL BRO..I WISH THIS WAS A DREAM! REST EASY MY NIGG! U MADE IT!!”
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KSLA News 12 reports the fatal shooting took place in front of a tobacco shop and sent two people to the hospital, including Blue Benji Kobe. Authorities explained they were arguing when someone pulled up to them and open fired, striking Blue Benji Kobe and ultimately killing him.
So far, no arrests have been made. Authorities urge anyone with any information about this shooting to call Shreveport police at (318) 673-7300.