Toronto Rapper Smoke Dawg Killed in Downtown Shooting
Friends and family confirmed the passing of Smoke Dawg and Koba Prime on social media
CP24 reports that multiple shots were heard outside Cube Nightclub near Queen Street West and Peter Street shortly before 8 p.m. Two male victims were taken to hospital with critical injuries, while a female victim was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the suspects may have fled the scene in a black SUV or a white car.
On Saturday night, investigators confirmed that one male victim had died in hospital. Today, investigators confirmed the second male had died following the shooting. CP24 adds that police have not released the names of the victims as they work to notify next-of-kin.
Members of Toronto's hip-hop community and associates, including Drake, have confirmed Smoke Dawg and Koba Prime (born Kosi Modekwe) as the deceased on social media. The former was a member of Regent Park rap collective Halal Gang, while the latter was an affiliate of collective Prime. Together, the two crews would perform and release music as Full Circle.
Having collaborated with French Montana and Skepta, Smoke Dawg also performed alongside Drake on the rap giant's recent "Boy Meets World" European tour. Taking to Instagram, Drake wrote, "All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating. I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke."
Modekwe's Prime collective, led by the Prime Boys trio of Jay Whiss, Jimmy and Donnie Prime, is recognized for their work with in-demand beatsmith Murda Beatz as well as coining Toronto's nickname "the 6," further popularized by Drake.
RIP Smoke Dawg , Toronto legend 🌹 pic.twitter.com/pXA2KhxOKa— Nathan Miller (@NathanMillerLDN) July 1, 2018
RIP My Brothers Smoke Dawg & Koba.. Love You Guys 4 Life.. Rest Easy 💔💔💔💔💔— MURDA ON THE BEAT (@murdabeatz_) July 1, 2018
RIP Smokedawg 😔.— =W= (@WondaGurlBeats) July 1, 2018
Prayers up for Smoke Dawg— JEAN CLAUDE (@CardoGotWings) July 1, 2018
Honestly I knocked out early last night after finding out bout the Smoke Dawg murder thinking something would change in the morning. Only met the yute once and dont know him like that but no one deserves to be slain in broad day like that smh. Rip to his mans too🙏🏿— RICH KIDD | R-WAY (@richkiddbeats) July 1, 2018
Just found out about Smoke Dawg... don't even know what to say— Nineteen85 (@Nineteen85) July 1, 2018
Rip Smoke Dawg 🙏🏼 always real energy when we linked... Our city need to do better!! ! Shit is getting out of control— KILLY ☠️ (@hoodhokage) July 1, 2018
Drake via his IG story. RIP Smoke Dawg 💔 pic.twitter.com/xRnKVZzncX— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) July 1, 2018
RIP Smokedawg.— Noah Miller (@iamnoahmiller) July 1, 2018
It's ridiculous our world has to come to this violence. Especially in a city I'm living in.
It's disgusting to see people post videos online and act like this is normal.
• rest in paradise 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/AahN5T9xa0— Jazz Cartier 🥀 (@JazzCartier) July 1, 2018
Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven— Mustafa (@MustafaThePoet) July 1, 2018
My brother. I love you, I miss you, I'll always remember you. I'm blessed to have been your friend. You didn't deserve this. RIP @Kobaprime.— Dynamics • £ (@theDYNAMICS) July 1, 2018
Love you, brother. Rest easy @Kobaprime.— Anthony Osei (@AnthonyOsei) July 1, 2018