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Rapper Lil Yase, 26, Killed in Shooting Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Up-and-coming San Francisco rapper Lil Yase (born Alexander Mark Antonyyo Jr.), 26, was shot and killed in the East Bay area on Saturday (Nov. 28).

According to a press release from the Dublin Police Department, officials believe Yase was shot near the East Dublin BART station around 1:00 a.m., with officers responding to reports that a person with multiple gunshot wounds had been transported to a medical facility in Pleasanton, California.

"On Saturday, November, 28, 2020, about 1:00 a.m. Dublin Police responded to Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton for a report of a subject who had just arrived suffering from multiple gunshot wounds," reads the statement from police. "Initial information led officers to believe the shooting may have occurred near the East Dublin BART station. The victim was transported via ambulance to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he later succumbed to his injuries."

The rapper's label, Highway 240 Productions, also paid tribute to the MC, writing, "We appreciate all the love and support. Yase loved his fans, he worked every day for y’all. We have hundreds of songs coming for you. Please repost and share let the world know who the “Top Dog” is @yasemoney600 @yasemoney600."

The label also teased a collab EP with fellow Bar Area MC Itsfatfat called "Every Day Is Friday!", which was announced one day before Yase's murder.

At press time, spokespeople for Yase had not yet returned requests for comment.

According to his Spotify bio, Yase began making videos for his tracks on a borrowed iPad when he was 18 while living in Sunnyvale, a neighborhood outside San Francisco, falling in with a crew of rappers that included Llama Llama, Sage the Gemini and Yatta. He gained local attention with video for remix of the 2015 single "Get It In" featuring G-Val, Lil Blood, Mozzy, Nef the Pharoah and Yatta, followed by the songs "Bum B--ch," "Worst Way," and "Furl." He dropped the 2016 mixtape From the Black Too Alot, followed by 2018's Winner's Circle and last year's Sorry For the Heat EP.

Yase, who was perhaps best known for his 2019 track with the Shoreline Mafia, "Mad," also released the single "Case Closed" last month.

Check out some tributes to Yase below.

Watch the "Mad" video below.

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