Foolio’s Murder: Police Chief Promises Arrests Are Coming

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The Tampa Police say the killers will be brought to justice.

Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw hosted a Town Hall meeting to discuss the recent murder of Foolio, during which he promised that the rapper’s killers would be brought to justice. The 26-year-old was gunned down outside of a Holiday Inn, last weekend, while celebrating his birthday among friends.

"We are working day in and day out on this case," Bercraw told members of the media. "They're developing some good leads. We're working closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. We are working with our statewide prosecutor, our federal partners, the ATF and the FBI, and our local prosecutor Susie Lopez. I can guarantee you we are going to be following up and making arrests in that case." He added that they've been looking through social media posts as well. Foolio was staying at an Airbnb before being kicked out for having too many guests over. At that point, the party moved to a Holiday Inn where he was ambushed.

Chief Lee Bercaw Speaks On The Investigation

"At approximately 4:40 am, Tampa Police received a 911 call for a shooting at 11606 McKinley Drive," Tampa Police said in a statement about the incident. "A total of four people were injured in the shooting. One person was pronounced deceased, three other victims are being treated at the hospital. Their condition is listed as stable at this time." Foolio's lawyer, Lewis Fusco, confirmed that the rapper was the deceased victim in a statement afterward. He wrote: "Mr. Jones had been in Tampa to celebrate his birthday over the weekend. Law enforcement reports indicate that he initially stayed at an Airbnb but was asked to leave due to exceeding occupancy limits. He subsequently relocated to the Holiday Inn, where he was involved in an incident in the hotel parking lot and reportedly ambushed."

Fusco concluded: "While these events involving our client, Mr. Charles Jones, have been disclosed by law enforcement, we are unable to provide further comments at this time until additional details become public record. We kindly request that the privacy of Mr. Jones and his family be respected during this difficult time." Foolio had posted about being in town to celebrate his birthday on his Instagram account. Additional details regarding the investigation into his passing remain unavailable. Be on the lookout for further updates on Foolio’s murder on HotNewHipHop.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.