Highland Park parade shoots suspect Robert Crimo on worrying social media

Police, 22, believe a mass shooting during a July 4th parade outside Chicago involves a rap artist who has made disturbing social media posts in the past, including an image showing someone , who appears to be shot by the police.

Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, who goes by the moniker “Awake the Rapper,” posted a video to his now-deleted YouTube page that featured an image of a man with a long gun face down in an apparent pool of blood a couple of police officers stood in front of him, according to screenshots posted to social media.

Crimo was arrested on Monday as a person of interest in the Highland Park slaughter that left six dead and over a dozen others injured.

According to an IMDb page, Crimo is also a songwriter and director from the Chicago area. The site boasts one of his songs released in 2018 which has “amassed millions of views on online streaming platforms so far”.

According to the IMDb page, Crimo started uploading music when he was 11 years old. The site claims his net worth is $100,000.

“Six-foot-tall hip-hop phenomenon Awake The Rapper was born Robert Eugene Crimo III on September 20, 2000 in Chicago, Il,” the site reads. “He is the middle child of three children and is of Italian descent.”

Robert (Bob) E. Crimo III wears a helmet.
Crimo was identified as a person of interest and taken into custody hours after the parade massacre.
Robert Crimo via REUTERS

According to a Fox News report, in October 2021, Crimo released a music video titled “Are You Awake,” which includes drawings of a man pointing a gun at another person. The video also shows an image of a newspaper clipping about Lee Harvey Oswald shooting President John F. Kennedy and another image showing a drawing of blood spurting from a person’s body, the report said.

The most viewed video on his YouTube channel is a music video for “On My Mind,” which shows him in a classroom, the Daily Mail reported. At one point, Crimo is seen reaching into a backpack before the screen goes black.

Once the music returns, it’s filled with evil laughter and fast-paced piano music and loud drumbeats, with Crimo wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest, according to the Daily Mail.

A drawing of a person holding a gun can be seen in this still image taken from video uploaded by Robert (Bob) E. Crimo III.
Crimo’s music video, titled “Are You Awake,” features drawings of a man pointing a gun at another person.
Robert Crimo via REUTERS

The video then shows the ransacked classroom with Crimo smiling, the outlet reported.

According to his Spotify page, he has put together three albums, one in 2017, 2018 and then last year. The site says he averages 16,466 monthly listeners.

His father, also known as Robert Crimo, ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019. He lost to Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering in 2019, WGN 9 reported. When the news channel reached out to him for comment, he reportedly hung up.

In a drawing by Robert Bobby Crimo, a person is killed.
According to his IMDb page, Crimo started uploading music when he was 11 years old.

Crimo has also posted at least twice about former President Donald Trump, according to a report by NBC News.

According to the outlet, he was spotted with a Trump flag draped over him in a June 27, 2021 Twitter post. The caption of the post just said “Spam”.

Another video reportedly posted to his YouTube page appears to show Crimo with other people cheering on Trump’s presidential motorcade outside an airport on Jan. 2, 2021. He later flipped the phone’s orientation to show his face at the end of the video. Highland Park parade shoots suspect Robert Crimo on worrying social media


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