A Suspect Named In Murder Of Rich Gang Rapper BTY YoungN.

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Two weeks ago,  BTY YoungN was shot dead at a Shell gas station in Hollygrove. So it ended a hip-hop career started when he began crafting rhymes 13 years ago.

“He had reached the point in his life that he became so free,” Michael “Mista Maena” Patterson, a mentor to the young rapper, said Sunday morning. “A lot of people were counting on this guy. He had a good heart.”

Here’s an update.

New Orleans Police identified Darryl Bannister Jr. as the suspect wanted in the April 29 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Desmone Jerome — also known as rising New Orleans rapper BTY Young’N — Friday night.

The NOPD said Bannister, 31, will be arrested and charged with second-degree murder when he is located.

Jerome was shot at a Shell gas station in the 9200 block of Airline Highway around 11 p.m. the night of the shooting. Responding officers found him face up near a gas pump and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bannister previously pleaded guilty to a state racketeering case filed against members of a Pigeon Town street gang known as “The Taliban.” Jerome grew up in Pigeon Town.

As part of that case, Bannister admitted his role in a shooting.

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