Lil Wayne & Mack Maine Say Friend Wrongfully Killed By Police
(AllHipHop News) New Orleans resident Keith "Magik" Atkinson was killed Sunday morning. The 31-year-old was a friend of YMCMB rapper Lil Wayne and Young Money president Mack Maine.
Magik was killed by a police officer, and Wayne, Mack, and Atkinon's family are questioning the circumstances surrounding his death.
Atkinson was at a corner store when police arrived responding to a call about a Little Hug fruit juice shoplifting incident. The suspect was said to be wearing a blue shirt which happened to be the same color shirt Atkinson had on at the time.
Witnesses on the scene stated that Atkinson was not the shoplifter, but he ended up being shoot four times by officer Jonathan Hirdes. Police say they found a stolen .45 caliber gun next to his body.
Atkinson had been in trouble with the law in the past. He was on probation after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, and he reportedly was shot six times in recent years.
"I'm not saying he was an altar boy, but he wasn't a straight-out killer. He wasn't a criminal," said Atkinson's father Keith Joseph. "He held up through almost 40 surgeries, to lose his life at the hands of a police officer. I don't think it's justice... It's not right."
Lil Wayne and Mack Maine took to social media to express their condolences for Atkinson. They had all been partying together the night before.
The New Orleans police department has released few details about the shooting. NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas says a full investigation about the matter will be conducted.
Atkinson was survived by three children.
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