Paris Not Dead, Member Of The Coup Killed

While rapper Paris

was exercising, the Bay area rapper received about a half dozen phone calls wondering

if he was alive.

The internet and California Hip-Hop community was abuzz upon

hearing that the politically charged lyricist was brutally murdered in some

type of home invasion.

DJ T-K.a.s.h., an artist signed to Paris' Guerilla Funk label,

confirmed with that the artist was alive.

Tragedy struck elsewhere in the community.

Friends and family of Tarus Jackson, an associate of politically

charged enclave The Coup, were not as fortunate. Jackson was reportedly slain.

According to reports, Jackson traveled with The Coup on the

group's last tour, not the rapper Paris.

Jackson, of West Oakland, was fatally shot after a "home

invasion" of his home on Tuesday morning.

The victim of an apparent robbery, Jackson was shot after two

armed men forced their way into his home and demanded money of him.

"It looks like he didn't move fast enough so they killed

him," homicide Sgt. Phil Green told the Tri-Valley Herald. "He was

definitely the target. They had good reason to believe he had a sizable amount

of money inside."

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland have offered a $12,000

reward for anybody that can present information that results in an arrest.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (510) 238-6946

or police at (510) 238-3821.

"Man, I knew that cat. Tarus was a homeboy from West Oakland

who hooked up with Boots (the lead rapper of The Coup)," one source told "The whole s**t is sad. Him and boots were close."

Jackson, 36, was considered a hype man for the Bay Area rap

group, which he joined about a year ago.

The Coup and Jackson

had wrapped a 36-city, three-week tour on last Thursday.