Brooklyn rapper KJ Balla killed in drive-by shooting: report

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May 23, 2020 - 5:27 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A Brooklyn hip-hop artist was reportedly killed Friday night in a drive-by shooting that left another man hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.

Kennedy Noel, 23, was shot on Bradford Street, near New Lots Avenue, in East New York around 9:45 p.m., police said.

He was shot in the torso, reportedly by someone in a passing car.

Noel was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 26-year-old man who was also shot at the location managed to get a ride to Brookdale Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the abdomen, back and arm.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, according to the NYPD.

The Daily News reported that Noel was an up-and-coming rapper who went by KJ Balla.

His mother Valencia Smith told the Daily News he was her only son.

“He’s never coming home,” Smith said. She called his killers “cowardly.”

"Jealousy and envy overtook your hearts and took a very important piece of my heart,” she said.

Noel co-founded the From Nothing Records label. In his new music video “Back to Back,” posted in late April, he rapped: “Keep a TEC when I ride in the street, I cannot die in the street.”

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