Rising teen rapper accidentally shoots himself dead while filming music video for social media

Stephen Nartey May 21, 2024
Rylo Huncho/Photo credit: Instagram/The Mirror US

A 17-year-old Virginia rapper, Rylo Huncho, shot himself while attempting to film a profane music video for social media. The video, posted on his Instagram story, showed him waving a handgun with a green laser sight and flashlight.

He then turned off the safety, pointed the gun at his head, and said “f*** y’all n****s” before pulling the trigger, according to Daily Mail.

The phone camera captured the moment, showing the teen leaving the view as the phone fell after the blast, Daily Mail added.

In Suffolk, Virginia, police confirmed that a 17-year-old died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, without naming Huncho.

The teenager, whose full name is Raleigh Freeman III, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A family member has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise $15,000 to cover expenses.

“My aunt recently lost her 17-year-old son from a self-inflicted gun wound to the head,” Monica Savage and Diane Bryant wrote. “He was her only son! She was a single parent but took care of her son the best she could.”

Family members are still “trying to figure out why” Huncho, also known as Railey, accidentally shot himself. A friend confirmed his death on Facebook.

“And to get a text saying he passed away is heartbreaking and to hear the mean things y’all are saying about Railey is so wrong on every level please god give his mother the strength to deal with the devastating pain she’s in,” Twin Porter wrote.

The 17-year-old rapper has over 27,000 Instagram followers and 680 monthly listeners on Spotify. His Instagram bio reads: “Keep hating btch um on da rise.”

His Spotify profile features a photo from the film “Pearl” and includes songs such as “DOA,” “la la la,” “Hellcats SRTs,” “Money Getta,” and “Bag Talk,” with lyrics often featuring sexual and violent imagery.

In Money Getta” he raps: “I feel just like I’m at home/I’m throwing bullets with no f***ing past.”

He often shared videos on Instagram and TikTok featuring his raps with violent lyrics and images of smoking marijuana.

On March 24, Huncho posted a TikTok video displaying what appeared to be the same gun he later accidentally shot himself with.

Kara Dorsey, a teacher at Freeman’s school, expressed worry over the impact of his death on students and his family.

“Just yesterday my school family experienced a loss. While I didn’t have the opportunity to meet this young man, I did meet his older cousin and a close friend today. I met them as they spent their lunch quietly walking the halls and asking staff members to share a gofumdme to help the young man’s mother lay her only child to rest,” she wrote.

According to a local funeral home, services are still pending for Huncho.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: May 21, 2024

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