by: Tyisha Fernandes, Darryn Moore, Liz Artz Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Friends of a local rapper who shot and killed in front of a restaurant are now asking for justice.
Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes was at the scene Monday afternoon as homicide investigators returned to look around for clues in the shooting.
The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Sunday outside a pizza restaurant on Hosea Williams Drive in southeast Atlanta.
The victim has been identified as Jibril Abdur-Rahman, 31. Friends say he's local rapper Yung Mazi.
“I just got shot up again about three more times. I've been shot 10 times," Mazi said in an interview posted on the internet, months before the shooting that killed him Sunday night.
Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes spoke to a close friend of his on the phone Monday who said Yung Mazi was trying to turn his life around.
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The friend told Fernandes that Mazi had a big heart and loved his family.
In December, Channel 2 Action News cameras were there after someone shot Mazi at a local Waffle House.
After that shooting he posted a message on Twitter saying "God made me bulletproof."
“We have to be very cognizant of what we say,” community activist Antong Lucky said.
Lucky told Fernandes that he heard the victim's music months before he was killed and the violence he talked about ultimately took his life.
Lucky said he's shooting a documentary on murders in Atlanta, so he had to put this one in his piece.
“I think this was a good brother who just wanted to take care of his kids and find a way out and this is what society presented to him as his way out,” Lucky said.
Fernandes spoke to Mazi’s brother and sister Monday. They asked for privacy as they grieve their sibling.
They also said Mazi had a big heart and that family was everything to him.
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