*Lil Wayne paid his final respects to rapper Magnolia Shorty at her funeral held Thursday (Dec. 30) in New Orleans.
Wayne and his Cash Money label mates B.G., Juvenile, Mack Maine and Baby were among the more than 1,000 friends and family members who attended the service at Fifth African Baptist Church in the city. The streets outside were lined with fans who remembered Magnolia Shorty with homemade signs and t-shirts.
The 28-year-old MC, born Renetta Lowe, was found shot multiple times along with 25-year-old Jerome “Man Man” Hampton when their vehicle crashed near a New Orleans East housing complex.
Rapper B.G. paid tribute to the fallen hip-hop star, telling MTV News, “Magnolia Shorty was like a sister to me and it ain’t just what she meant to me; it’s what she meant to Louisiana, it’s what she meant to New Orleans.
“She was someone you loved to be around. She was the best at what she do (sic). I’m really speechless right now, but it ain’t sunk in yet… She owned this city, but she was this close to ownin’ the world.”
The funeral was to be followed by a traditional New Orleans second line celebration in which her casket was be paraded down the street accompanied by musicians, friends, family and supporters.