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.
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.
When you get shot in the head twice close range. coming from where I’m from it was a set up. Or somebody close to him. #ripswipey
— FirstClass301 (@YD1stclass) August 21, 2016
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.
Meetin wit wax and my goodmen this am . God bless DMV . #ripswipey
— Wale (@Wale) August 21, 2016
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.
— yuhh++® (@somthingslight) August 21, 2016
— PrinceTha??arley (@MigoPrinceee) August 21, 2016
Put the guns down😔 #RIPSwipey 🙏🏽👼🏾
— HarHar Owens (@HJO2_) August 21, 2016
Whole DMV Took ah L 💯😔🙏🏼 #RIPSwipey
— ? BiggJanky ? (@CruddyRicoo) August 21, 2016
— DMV (@DmvMusicPlug) August 21, 2016