Beloved Miami rapper Bizzle was shot and killed at a car wash in the Liberty City section of his hometown of Miami, according to law enforcement and NBC Miami. The homicide occurred at 770 NW 54th St. at about 7:30 p.m., police said.
Miami-Dade law enforcement officials stated Monday night that the victim was Robert Labranche, who is known among urbanites as Bizzle.
There is no known motive for the killing and the police have no suspects at this time, although family members believe they know who’s responsible for the homicide. As news spread of Bizzle’s death, the crowd swelled around the crime scene, and some of them shared their feelings about Bizzle to the local media.
“He would not let you starve. He would not leave you in the street,” area resident Rod Parker said of Bizzle. “If you asked him for something, he would try his best to do whatever he can for you – I mean for everybody.”
Police said they are on the lookout for a black male suspect in his 20s who fled the scene wearing all black.
The media said the scene in Liberty City deteriorated when relatives of Bizzle tried to breach the yellow crime scene tape to touch him one last time, prompting law enforcement to restraint. They were later released and no charges were filed, police said.
Emotions were very high, Miami Police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno said.
He said of the victim, “This is someone that was definitely loved, not just by his family but by his community.”
“You could see the large crowd behind me. You could see as soon as a family member run under the police line, and he obviously wanted to grab that family member, he wanted to grab him for one last time, possibly,” Moreno said. “You saw the emotions of the community, just going in with him.”