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Man Suspected Of Shooting Atlanta-Based Rapper 'Trouble' To Death Turns Himself In

Rap artist Mariel Orr, known as "Trouble," was visiting a female friend when someone entered the apartment and shot the victim once in the chest, authorities say.

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The man accused of killing an Atlanta rapper known as “Trouble” has turned himself in to authorities, allegedly with the help of his mother.

Jamichael Jones, 33, surrendered to deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night for the murder of Mariel Orr, professionally known as “Trouble,” according to ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV. Orr, 34, was shot to death early Sunday morning at an apartment complex in Conyers — about 25 miles east of Atlanta — where authorities say he died on the scene.

Investigators confirmed Orr was shot once in the chest, according to Fox Atlanta affiliate WAGA-TV.

Jones was quickly identified as the prime suspect in Orr’s death and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, home invasion, and battery.

At around 3:20 a.m. on June 6, deputies responded to the Lake St. James apartment complex after reports of a shooting. Rockdale County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Jedidia Canty stated Orr had been visiting a female friend when someone entered the apartment and shot Orr, who was found on the floor. Canty called the incident a “domestic situation,” saying Jones allegedly knew the female friend, who was not named.

Authorities do not believe Jones and Orr knew one another.

Deputies initiated the “knock and talk” method, visiting those closest to the suspect, including Jones’ mother, in hopes of finding his whereabouts, according to WSB-TV. Jones allegedly called his mother, explaining that he wanted to turn himself into authorities without incident.

Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levette told WAGA-TV that the call took place in the presence of deputies.

“The mother turned the son onto one of my sergeants, who began to talk to him and convince Mr. Jones to turn himself in,” said Levette.

A police handout of Jamichael Jones

Authorities and Jones’ mother maintained contact with the murder suspect after arranging to meet him near the Southern Regional Medical Center in Clayton County. He was placed under arrest a short time later.

“His mother was a huge resource in helping us apprehend him,” Levette told the Fox affiliate. “Nobody wakes up in the morning wanting a bad outcome.”

Conyers residents told the Fox outlet that the neighborhood was typically quiet and that the shooting surprised many.

“To be honest with you, we don’t have that type of situation or issues that happen in this particular neighborhood,” said neighbor Loki Blanchett. “So to find out you have a local celebrity that’s inside your residential area and this is what happened… it was like very, very traumatizing.”

Rapper Trouble on November 1, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Orr was a professional rapper known for his 2017 song “Bring It Back,” featuring Drake and Mike WiLL Made-It. The rap artist performed just hours before his shooting death, Variety reported.

Orr’s music label, Def Jam Recordings, paid tribute to the rapper on Instagram.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble,” they wrote. “A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office at 1-770-278-8188.

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