#RIPSwipey: Teen Rapper Shot Dead During Party At His Mother’s House

A teenager shot dead during a reported party at his mother’s Maryland residence early Sunday (Aug. 21), has been identified as Douglas “Swipey” Brooks, an up-and-coming rapper from the DMV area.

According to the Washington Post, officers from the Prince George Police Department arrived to an apartment complex in Sundland, Maryland just after 1:00 a.m., and pronounced 18-year-old Brooks dead at the scene.

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The teen was killed following an argument with a girl he used to be involved with, reports Heavy.com. Manager, Kevin Baldwin, told the site that Brooks and the girl had a volatile relationship, though they were not dating when he passed away.

While the identity of the shooter is unclear, authorities don’t believe the tragedy to be a random act. One of Brooks’ friends tweeted that the teen was shot twice in the head at close range.

Baldwin, 47, signed Brooks to his Men of Principles record label a year ago. Brooks was making a name for himself in the rap game, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and a strong social media following.

He also performed with Fat Joe and fellow DMV rapper Wale, the latter of whom tweeted his condolences.

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Baldwin described Brooks –who graduated high school with a 3.0 GPA and earned a scholarship to Morgan State University — as a “well-mannered” and “intelligent,” but said that he lacked the “stable foundation” needed to continue pursuing his academic dreams.

“The issue was he was being successful on every level but the hardest part was to get him away from his friends — the negativity,” Baldwin said. “That’s where him and I bumped heads.”

The untimely passing spawned an eruption of posts on social media. Read some of the dedications below.