The Harlem rapper, who threw a weekend party where an innocent college basketball star was fatally gunned down, broke his silence on Tuesday and said he was praying for the victim’s shocked relatives.
“My condolences to the family,” Troy Rhymer, who goes by the alias The Rich Rhymer, said in an Instagram post below a photo of tragically killed ballplayer Darius Lee holding an award on a basketball court.
“I have you all in my prayers,” Rhymer wrote.
“Forever D Lee,” the post added, with white dove and blue heart emojis.
Lee was among the nine people shot dead at the party early Monday morning as gunfire peppered revelers on East 139th Street and Fifth Avenue, police officers said.
Rhymer originally planned the party elsewhere, but the planned party at that address was scrapped by cops before it even got started, the rapper said in an Instagram post Sunday.
“They’re really trying to shut us down. They’re going crazy out here,” Rhymer said in the video. “Look man, nothing’s gonna stop it. nothing lasts They stop nothing. [Direct message] me. DM me for the new location.
“Everyone, I repeat, DM me, new location, secret location,” he says. “They don’t let us grill, they don’t let us play music. They won’t let us do anything.”
Hours later, the shooting broke out at what appeared to be the rapper’s new party venue.
Several of the injured were taken to Harlem Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Lee, a 21-year-old distinguished guard at Houston Baptist University, was taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The 6-foot-6 security guard had played for St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx before signing up for SUNY Sullivan Community College upstate. After his freshman year, he transferred to the Houston School.
“I’m heartbroken,” Jorge Lopez, his former St Raymond coach, said Monday outside the Lee family home. “He had everything that went for him – a great career, a great family.”
https://nypost.com/2022/06/21/rapper-who-hosted-harlem-party-expresses-condolences-for-family-of-slain-hoops-star/ Rapper who threw Harlem party offers condolences to murdered basketball star’s family