SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Funeral services are underway for Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo.
Shawty Lo, whose real name is Carlos Walker, was killed in a crash in the early hours of Sept. 22 when the 2016 Audi that he was driving crashed over a guardrail, hit several trees and caught fire in south Fulton County.
The police department says the 40-year-old was ejected and died at the scene. Two women in the car were injured and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Walker’s funeral is underway at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on Fairburn Road.
"He wasn't ashamed of who he was and where he came from. He always showed respect for Bankhead," Manager Johnnie Cabbell told Channel 2 Action News.
Hundreds of people packed the Mount Carmel Baptist Church to pay their respects Friday night at the viewing for Walker.
While family members did speak on camera, Shawty Lo's friends, fans and fellow artists did.
"It's really about taking nothing and turning it into something," rapper/producer Benzino told Channel 2 Action News.
The rapper formed the hip hop group D4L with fellow Atlanta rappers Fabo, Mook-B and Stoney. The group released the popular songs "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" and "Laffy Taffy."
Shawty Lo made news in 2013 when the Oxygen network announced plans for a special about his blended family, which includes 11 children with 10 women. After outrage and online petitions, the special entitled “All My Babies’ Mamas” was scrapped before it even aired.
He was born in Moultrie, Georgia, in 1976.
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