An 18-year-old charged with Pop Smoke’s murder confessed in juvenile court to fatally shooting the rapper during a home invasion in February 2020.

An 18-year-old admitted to first-degree murder and home invasion robbery charges in which he intentionally discharged a handgun during the February 2020 incident that ended in the death of 20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke. Pop Smoke was a rising figure in the hip-hop industry before his demise.

The defendant, whose name has been withheld due to a court order from the presiding judge, admitted to his offenses in juvenile court on Friday and is anticipated to be kept in a juvenile facility until he is 25.

The 18-year-old is one of four people accused with the murder of Pop Smoke, also known as Bashar Barakah Jackson, while he was residing in a leased residence in the Hollywood Hills. The confession comes a month after one of his accomplices pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and home invasion robbery and was sentenced to four years and two months in a juvenile institution.

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Jackson was on a four-day trip to Los Angeles when he uploaded an image on Instagram that revealed his address, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was in the shower when four people stormed into his house, invaded his bedroom, pistol-whipped him, and shot him three times in the back. They also allegedly stole and sold Pop Smoke’s watch for $2,000.

The rapper became well-known following the release of his 2019 hit, “Welcome to the Party.” He released two mixtapes: Meet the Woo in 2019 and Meet the Woo 2 in 2020. After Pop Smoke’s death, his debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was produced by 50 Cent and released by Republic Records in July 2020. Faith, Republic’s second album, was released in July 2021.


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