Loss of life is always incredibly sad, but the Hip Hop Community is greiving the loss of yet another up and coming star, who was gunned down over the weekend. Juan Bautista Garcia, 17, was just starting to generate some buzz for himself, but his Rap dreams were cut short after police claim he was fatally shot while sitting in a parked car. So far, there have been very few details shared about the Hartford, Connecticut rapper's murder, but the Hartford Courant reported on the details police have given thus far.
The event in question took place Sunday August 8th in the evening, when the ShotSpotter was activated and police descended on a specific location on Martin St where they found the teens body.
While it's unclear as to whose car he was located in or if YNT Juan was killed while someone was inside or outside of the vehicle, the Hartford Police Major Crime and Crime Scene divisions are asking for the public's help in bringing resolution to this case. The rapper's friends have taken to social media to share in their grief, with some stating that he was next in line to have his big break.
“I actually believed in you from the moment we first met & made a video & I’m grateful we did, sleep easy legend,” one person reportedly wrote. Another added, “R.I.P Juan, almost had this ... in the bag, I felt it.”
Hartford CT police are worried about the rise in homicides as YNT Juan's death is now the 25th of its kind this year. There were reportedly that many homicides in the city in all of 2020 and "two more than the total number recorded in 2019." Authorities fear that 2021 will be the deadliest the city has seen since the early 2000s.
In light of the events that have taken place, we send our sincerest condolences to YNT Juan's loved ones. View some of few posts about the late rapper below.