Keaway ‘Kealo’ Ivy Shot and Killed During Music Video Shoot in Maryland [VIDEO]
In a bizarre case of when "keeping it real” goes wrong, a local rapper was shot and killed with a prop gun during a music video shoot in Maryland last week (April 1).
According to NBC 4 Washington, Keaway "Kealo" Ivy, whose videos can be found on YouTube under the name Kealo, was filming a video for his new song when somehow the gun that was supposed to be used as a prop went off and a bullet struck Ivy in the chest. Sadly, investigators discovered the rapper’s body alone behind the apartment complex where the video was being filmed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have arrested 21-year-old Lafonzo Leonard Iracks for the crime and are now trying to figure out if the shooting was intentional or an accident.
According to reports, family members said the two men had been working together on the rap video. Ivy, whose real name is Keaway Lafonz Ivy, was the director of the visual.
Friends say Ivy had a passion for shooting videos and would often spend many late nights editing clips. “He was trying to do what he could to be the best father he could be for his child,” said Durrell Cooper. “His talent was immeasurable.”
Although Ivy often rapped about guns and violence in his songs, many of the rapper’s friends say that he was far from a street thug.
“Just because a person raps about it doesn’t mean he lived it,” said David Ayers, a friend of Kealo Ivy. “He was an entrepreneur. He wanted to do more.”
We send our heartfelt condolences to Kealo Ivy's family and friends. May he rest in peace.