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Requiem for a Rapper

Why was Kenny Smith shot by police? While his family and friends wait for answers, they ponder the tragic loss of a promising artist

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Earlier this year, the Aviator Lifestyle crew decided to throw a party. They tag-teamed the event with two other promotional groups and reserved the night of March 9 at Wilbert's Bar, located on Bolivar Avenue near Progressive Field. The groups had collaborated on two previous events, each besting the attendance of the last. With the date timed to coincide with college spring break, everyone expected a high turnout.

Smith's friends had to dangle a carrot to entice the rapper to join them – he rarely went out at night. "He only really came out because I told him we were going to play his songs," says Ferguson, who was at Wilbert's that night with the rest of the group, including Martez Little. "He had just made 'Dinner Date.'"

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