Who Killed Drakeo the Ruler? LAPD Says No Suspects ‘Right Now’

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Who killed Drakeo the Ruler? LAPD are investigating the backstage murder at Once Upon a Time.

Paramedics responded to reports of a stabbing at the Snoop Dogg festival around 8:40 pm. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Drakeo the Ruler was attacked backstage by “a group of people.” Drakeo the Ruler was scheduled to perform that night after Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent. Drakeo the Ruler, real name Darrell Caldwell, later died at the hospital.

One anonymous source who spoke to the Los Angeles Times says people were running on stage and security tried to break up the fight. Drakeo the Ruler was backstage when the fight broke out and was among several people. So far, Los Angeles police have made no arrests in connection with the stabbing. “Detectives are still trying to figure things out,” says Luis Garcia, a spokesperson for the department.

The California Highway Patrol says it is handling the investigation. Anyone with information about the stabbing is encouraged to call the Southern Division Investigative Services Unit at (323) 644-9550.

Snoop Dogg issued a statement, saying he heard about the incident while in his dressing room. He chose to immediately leave the festival grounds instead of performing his 8:30 set.

“My condolences go out to the family of loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler,” the rapper wrote. “I’m not with anything negative, and as one of the many performers, I was there to spread positive vibes only to my city of LA.”

Shortly after news of the stabbing spread online, Live Nation issued a statement. “There was an altercation in the roadway backstage. Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers decided not to move forward with remaining sets, so the festival was ended an hour early.”

Drakeo the Ruler put out his first studio album earlier this year. He’s released several mixtapes over the years. “Thank You for Using GTL” features verses recorded over a phone while he was being held at Men’s Central Jail. Caldwell was acquitted of felony murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man.

“We spent the hardest two years together fighting for his freedom, facing life, before walking out a free man just over a year ago,” his attorney John Hamasaki writes.” Through it, we became friends and then like family. I don’t even know how to start processing this.”

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