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Facebook page photo of Joshua Davis, 18, shot and killed on Christmas.

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Updated: January 28, 2013 3:55PM



Joshua Davis just wanted to “smoke weed, rap and get rich,” his brother said.

Now the 18-year-old rapper known as “JayLoud” is dead.

He was gunned down on Christmas Day while wearing a hoodie memorializing slain South Side rapper Lil Jojo. His family thinks Davis was the latest victim of a South Side rap feud.

Davis was shot to death in the 2000 block of West 69th — a few blocks from his home — after a fight with several men on a CTA bus, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The group followed Davis off the bus, and one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot him several times in the torso and once in the ear about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Davis, of the 7200 block of South Bell, was pronounced dead an hour later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Chicago Police spokesman Joshua Purkiss could not confirm that Davis was wearing the hoodie when he was shot or the motive for the shooting.

But Davis’ brother had little doubt.

“He’s gone because of a f - - - - - - hoodie. That s - - - ain’t right,” said Ricky Davis, 20.

Ricky Davis said his brother was wearing a hoodie that said “Jojo World,” honoring his pal, Lil Jojo, whose real name was Joseph Coleman. Jojo was slain in a September shooting that drew national attention when tweets mocking his death were posted on rival rapper Chief Keef’s account. Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, later denied writing the tweets mocking Jojo’s death and claimes his account was hacked.

Keef’s associates — who rap and tweet references to a faction of the Black Disciples street gang — had been in an online war of words with reputed Gangster Disciple Jojo that spilled onto the streets in the weeks leading up to Jojo’s murder.

Ricky Davis didn’t want to add to what appeared Wednesday to be a growing beef, but he said his baby brother was a “gangster rapper” with allegiances to Jojo’s crew. On his Twitter account, Joshua Davis pays homage to “Brick Squad,” a group of Atlanta-based rappers that share a name with what Chicago Police say is a faction of the Gangster Disciples.

“It’s all about the Chicago music,” Ricky Davis said. “If people weren’t making that music, none of this would be happening.”

But Joshua Davis was part of that scene. In YouTube videos, the tattooed teen raps “Catch a opp, I’m a let him have it” — an apparent reference to an opponent.

“He might have said those things, but he didn’t have no enemies,” Ricky Davis said of his brother.

It was Joshua Davis’ dream to support his mother, a single mom of five children, Ricky Davis said.

“He simply wanted to get rich for his momma,” he said.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media



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