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Brooklyn Community Gathers Together to Mourn Pop Smoke

Mahlik Campbell

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Pop Smoke's hometown of Canarsie, a tight-knit neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, gathered in numbers to mourn the rapper's tragic passing on Thursday afternoon.

Nearly two weeks ago, the 20-year-old rapper was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home invasion, sending the hip-hop community into a state of shock and devastation. Pop was one of the most promising talents in rap, highlighted by his summer 2019 smash "Welcome To The Party."

Friends, family and fans had the chance to pay their respects on Thursday. And they showed out strong for the late artist. As his casket was escorted by an elegant horse-drawn carriage, community members chanted his songs and formed an energetic procession. There was also a mural of Pop celebrating his Canarsie roots.

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In another series of photos and videos, you can see Pop's mom, dressed in a yellow shirt, throwing up the "Woo" and hugging friends as people dance to "Invincible." Pop's family held a private funeral last week and later released a statement announcing early plans for foundation in his name.

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Pop was beloved by the Canarsie community, or "The Flossy," as it's called by many locals. The New York Times' Jon Caramanica once described a time when Pop made a surprise appearance at a local summertime basketball tournament. "He was greeted as a returning conqueror, the crowds crammed around the court melting a little in his wake," he wrote.

Pop will soon be laid to rest in a Brooklyn cemetery. Meanwhile, detectives in California are still hunting for the four suspects involved in his murder.

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