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RAPPER J $tash has died after he reportedly ‘shot himself and his girlfriend’ at home in an apparent murder-suicide, cops have said.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to an alleged murder-suicide in Temple City around 7:15am on New Year’s Day.
The department later identified the bodies as Joseph and Jeanette Gallegos, both of whom reportedly died at the scene, according to iHeartRadio station KFI.
The LAPD also confirmed Joseph’s identity to The Sun.
“Right now, the evidence at the scene and the preliminary information we have from the children in the home is that it’s a murder-suicide,” Lieutenant Derrick Alfred, told KTLA following the attack.
Gallegos reportedly died after suffering from multiple gunshot wounds while Joseph sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Couple ‘had been arguing about relationship’, say cops
Lieutenant Derrick Alfred told The Sun that the pair had been living together in Temple City for the past few months.
He said that the couple had been arguing about their relationship before J $tash reportedly took Gallegos into the master bedroom and locked the door.
Gallegos’ kids heard gunshots from the room and called the cops. Officers found the rapper’s girlfriend on the floor and said she sustained several gunshot wounds.
Gallegos’ family pay tribute
Family members and friends have been paid tribute to the mom and California State University graduate Gallegos.
Her sister Erika Chavez said: “A tragic and unexpected loss for my family & nephews God has gained another angel.
“My sister was full of life, she was the sweetest most caring person, always there for everyone who needed her.
“Her favorite quote [is] ‘live today because tomorrow is not promised’. Rest in Paradise Jeanette, fly high my beautiful angel.”
Meanwhile, Home Moore said: “I’m going miss all the times we shared together. You are the sweetest person I met from LA (sic).
“Always smiling, smart, and loved your children. I’m going to miss working with you.”
Social media tributes to J $tash
As news of the suspected murder-suicide spread on social media, artist SpotemGottem penned, “Speechless wishing this is a dream damn J.”
The rapper tagged J $tash’s Instagram account, adding, “Damn fam this hurt that gang but nobody kno what u going through till it all end.”
Children unhurt in tragic incident
Gallegos’ kids ran out of the house and towards deputies when officers arrived at the scene.
The children, who are not related to J $tash, were unhurt and are now in the care of their father.
Investigators were awaiting autopsy and forensic results, including information from ballistics tests, to confirm what took place inside the house.
What were J $tash’s hits?
Songs by J $tash on YouTube include Flexin, Guerillas, and Nuthin (remix).
J $tash grew up in South Florida then moved to New York, where he was born, according to a 2017 interview with Crack Magazine.
He told the magazine that aside from music, he was focused on “building companies and opening up stores in different countries.”
The rapper said: “Of which I’ve been doing on the low secretly. Rapping was just platform to get myself out there and grow (sic).”
GoFundMe page set up for Gallegos’ funeral costs
A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover Gallegos’ funeral expenses.
Cops said the male victim sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, cops told local radio station KFI-AM. Alfred branded the situation “very tragic”.
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