Mother of rapper killed at Airbnb party said banning parties won’t stop violence

ATLANTA — A mother whose son was killed outside of a party at an Airbnb doesn't think banning parties will stop the violence.

On Thursday, Airbnb announced a global ban on parties at its listings, a week after shutting down 50 party houses in Atlanta.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones was on Sunset Avenue in northwest Atlanta, where four young people were shot at an illegal party at an Airbnb in July.

Alicia Boyd's 18-year-old son Raezeaon Boyd was killed along with 19-year-old Dashun Clark moments after they got a rideshare to the party. A gunman opened fire moments after they pulled up.

Boyd said her son's friends were going to the party, but he was not the partying type and was headed to a music studio. The teens ran from the car when shots rang out.


She said Motown Records had just signed Raezeaon as a rapper who went by ‘Rae Rae'. The label posted a tribute to him after his death.

Boyd tears up when she thinks about how her only son had such a promising future and it was cut short by gun violence.

"I ain't gonna be able to sleep until I get that closure, and I don't think I'll be able to sleep then," Boyd said. "It's senseless. It don't make sense to me."

Boyd said she doesn't think a ban on parties at Airbnb listings will help.

"The owner of the house is not gonna stay there with people when they rent this property out," Boyd said.

Airbnb said it will now pursue legal action against violators.

Boyd just wants her son's killer caught.

"I'm not going to rest until they get caught," Boyd said.

She’s asking anyone with information about who opened fire to get in touch with police. She said the lives of her son and his friends matter, too.