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A man identified as the stepfather of the brothers in rap duo Rae Sremmurd was fatally shot in Mississippi this week and his adult son has reportedly been arrested for his murder.
Officers were called to a home in Tupelo at around 9:30 p.m. on January 6 to investigate a possible shooting and found a man dead of multiple gunshot wounds, the Daily Journal reports. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green later identified the deceased as 62-year-old Floyd Sullivan. Sullivan was the stepfather of Rae Sremmurd’s Aaquil and Khalif Brown, known professionally as Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, their publicist confirmed.
“Both Slim and Swae Lee are deeply saddened by the death of their stepfather, but both are thankful for the love and support they had during their upbringing,” their publicist Juel Stanley told the paper. “They ask that people respect their privacy during this time of grief and mourning.”
Sullivan’s death is being investigated as a homicide, according to PEOPLE.
Tupelo police spokesman Capt. Chuck McDougald confirmed to the Daily Journal that Sullivan’s son, who was not named at the time, was considered a person of interest in the case and was held for a psychiatric review. The Tupelo Police Department has since confirmed that Sullivan’s son, 19-year-old Jamil Ali Sullivan, has been released from a psychological facility and was promptly arrested for murder, PEOPLE reports. He was booked at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi moved to Mississippi with their mother and Sullivan when they were in middle school, according to a 2016 interview with Fader magazine. Both boys, whose biological father left the family when they were young, called Sullivan “Dad,” and he sold drugs to support the family, according to the outlet.
“He was doing whatever he had to do. Keeping us in school, getting us to school,” Swae Lee told the magazine.
It is currently unclear if Jamil Ali Sullivan has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Swae Lee seemed to respond to his stepfather’s death via a series of tweets earlier this week. He first posted four broken heart emojis on Twitter Tuesday, followed by a tweet reading, “I pray this world lets me keep some compassion.” He then said early Wednesday, “I’ve been tested my whole life.”
Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi released their debut album in 2015, but it was their 2016 hit single “Black Beatles” from their sophomore album “SremmLife 2” that many associate the duo with. In addition to their Rae Sremmurd releases, both brothers also work on individual projects, and Swae Lee was nominated for two Grammy Awards this year for “Sunflower,” a collaboration with rapper Post Malone.
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