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Rapper Goonew dead at 24 update – Mom issues message to killers & reveals he was shot in the back and had jewelry stolen

Rapper Goonew dead at 24 update – Mom issues message to killers & reveals he was shot in the back and had jewelry stolen



POLICE have released new details about the Maryland shooting that killed beloved DMV rapper Goonew.

The rapper’s heartbroken mother spoke out after local police publicly identified the person killed in Friday’s shooting as 24-year-old Markelle Morrow, also known by his rapper name Goonew.

“All he wanted to do is try to get his family out the hood,” Markell’s mother, Patrice Parker Morrow said to WUSA 9, surrounded by her grieving daughters.

“He had a heart bigger than his body, when they took him, they took me.”


Goonew’s family confirmed that he was fatally shot in the back after the killers stole his watch.

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“They took his chain. They took his watch,” Parker Morrow said. “He gave it up and they still shot him in his back.”

Officers found Goonew suffering from gunshot wounds before 6pm Friday night in a parking lot in District Heights, Maryland.


Goonew’s mother told the outlet that her son was killed while he was on the way to give his sister a birthday gift.

The suspect that shot and killed the artist is still at large, according to the Prince George Police Department.

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The devastated mother has a message for her son’s killers: “I forgive you,” she said.


“They took my son, hope they got what they wanted.”


Goonew started making a name for himself when he and fellow DMV rapper, Lil Dude, released a joint tape titled Homicide Boat.

The tape caught the attention of Lil Yatchy, leading to his collaborations with Goonew, which opened the DMV rapper up to an international fanbase.


In July 2018, Goonew released his most notable album named Bug 64, which had 11 songs to his name.

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As a result of his refined form rapping, he released songs such as Takin’ Ova, Cloud, and Came In.

The rapper’s discography features chilling lyrics following his death because many of his songs feature graphic, violent messages.


PGPD is searching for anyone connected to Goonew’s death and is offering a $25,000 reward for information that could help lead to an arrest or conviction.

Police urge anyone with information about the shooting to call detectives at 301-516-2512.


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