James Sramek, age 29, known as the rapper 'Illa"James Sramek (Photo Source: Facebook/James Sramek)

James Sramek, known as the rapper “Illa” (Photo source: Facebook/James Sramek)

Another senseless killing has rocked the Atlanta rap music community as rapper “Illa,” whose real name is James Sramek, 29, was found dead along with his mother, Nicola Sramek. Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, found the bodies of the mother and son earlier this week.

According to police, the Srameks, who had been dead for several days, suffered a painful death as both were stabbed and beaten. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner said the pair had been tortured for several hours before their deaths.

 Rickey Taylor ( Photo Source: Gwinnett County police)

Rickey Taylor ( Photo Source: Gwinnett County police)

Police in Gwinnett County have arrested Rickey Taylor, 28. Taylor was a suspect in a string of previous robberies in the Gwinnett area and was arrested by police earlier this month. Police were able to connect him to the deaths through video and physical evidence. Taylor has been charged with two counts of malice murder, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of false imprisonment.

Rappers and  friends who knew Sramek described him as dedicated to his craft and well liked. Although he faced pushback by some because of his race, he was able to make friends with many top rappers in the Atlanta community. His Facebook profile has several pictures of him with top artists, including 2 Chainz, Usher, Lyfe Jennings and Twista. Although an aspiring rapper Sramek had a regular job at Tony’s Bar and Grill in Roswell, Georgia. He was originally from Chicago, but had lived in Atlanta for a number of years. He had been active in the Atlanta rap scene for at least six years.

Atlanta has seen a tragic uptick in violence among young rappers. On March 5, Bankroll Fresh, born Trentavious White, was shot and killed at Street Execs Studio in Atlanta’s West Midtown area. Initial reports suggested that nearly 50 shell casings were found on the ground outside of the studio. Authorities are still attempting to determine a motive for the shooting.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • nosey rosy

    black lives matter is a joke….. if all lives matter is not our goal we are just as in fault as white who kill us .. cause illa might loved blacks , but were in a time where whites need be careful believeing a young thug give a shit bout whites cause all these suppicious black killings by white cop has caused a lot of HATE AMONG BLACKS AND WHITE WHO ARE TRYING TO INTERACT AS FAMILY
    YOUNG BLACK MEN .. have never stopped all their hustling selling drugs and murdering behind drugs .. jobs are still givin to mexican males .. and mexican females .. and in black areas like atlanta black men feel pushed to make money no matter who they have to kill to do so …sad exisitence parent are not raising them in the church .. . they are learning to be thugs eairly and get babies by thug raised females and live in whats called they hood speaking ebonics and sleeping in the room with weed on the table ,, cursing and roling and packaging weed in front of a 4 yo child like it no deal .. teaching that kid how to talk WALK AND ACT BADLY YET WE ACT LIKE WE DONT KNOW WHAT WHITE ARE LAUGHING ABOUT .. nameing our girls names we know will cause descrimination keisha isha africa india … we are some ignorant folk
    TRAPPED BY OUR OWN STUPID BEHAVIOR .. if u have kids outta wedlock who do expect to raise them if your 17 to 23 no education?
    and yet we blame whites for all our sadness ..
    black america is different from white america and if we ever intend on rising above this HORRIBLE LABLE AND DISGRACE WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MARCUS GARVEY TRIED TO TEACH MALCOLM X TO….. PRIDE IS EVERYTHING BLACK POWER MEANS