Tensions erupted late Friday morning at the wake of slain teen rapper Lil Jojo as hundreds of mourners, eager to take a last look, surged toward his casket, nearly knocking it to the floor and pushing family members out of the way, prompting Chicago police to clear the funeral home.
Lil Jojo’s mother and sister were led out of the viewing area hysterical, as other family members took to the microphone, yelling at other mourners to “Get the f--- out!”
Gang presence appeared to be heavy at the funeral home, with many mourners exchanging gang handshakes.
Chicago police swarmed the area, with about a dozen unmarked police cars circling the Jones Funeral Home at 79th and Kedzie and a police helicopter buzzing above.
The fracas began as the family of Lil Jojo — whose real name is Joseph Coleman — gathered in front of the casket of the teen to pay their respects before the casket was taken away for the funeral procession.
Mourners, some wearing RIP Jojo T-shirts, instead of waiting in line, surged to the front, nearly causing the casket to topple over.
JoJo was gunned down earlier this month after feuding with rival rappers as well as with the Black Disciple street gang for months. He was fatally shot near 69th and Princeton in the Englewood neighborhood.
Witnesses said Coleman, was riding double on a bike — standing on the back — when a car pulled up and someone fired six or seven shots, killing him. -- (Chicago Sun- Times)
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