*T.I. quickly put an to end recent allegations that he requested $40,000 to appear at a funeral. After a 12-year-old nicknamed Tip was shot and killed in a drive-by, rumors began to swirl that the kid was a T.I. fan and that the child’s family reached out to the veteran rapper to request that he attend the funeral. However, a fake T.I. responded from an unverified social media account, saying he would appear, but only of the family paid him $40K.
The real T.I. caught word of the deceit once fans started blasting him for living up to his song “All About The Money.” He denied the allegations via his verified Instagram account, releasing an official statement that said:
#LIES ain’t nobody contacted me for no such thing. Let alone me charge someone to attend a funeral. What people should do is be aware of who they’re contacting & not believe every Tom Dick & Hank who says they’re connected. BUT I’d appreciate it if y’all could quit wit da ?…. I been in dis game too long… Check my resume’ I’ve payed for funerals & sent kids to college… Charging 40k to attend a funeral ain’t even in my repertoire…. #KnockItOFF”
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The young victim was named Jajuan Hubert Latham. WBIR.com reports that he was struck in the head by a gunshot while sitting in the back of his father’s SUV at Danny Mayfield park just before 10 p.m. The father was not injured in the shooting.
During a press conference Sunday, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch condemned the recent gang-related violence.
“The violence has got to stop, this can’t go on. We do not need to bury anymore children,” Rausch said. “It’s my gang is better than your gang. That makes no sense to me.They’re cowards. A coward shoots blindly at a crowd.”
Check out T.I.’s IG post below in response to the rumor that he requested to be paid to attend Latham’s funeral.