A Virginia rapper broke into his mother’s home, shooting her and her children on Tuesday, March 28. He released a music video afterward.
According to WRIC, EGYPXN (real name Tiye Adam Washington II) forced his way into his mother’s home off Mason Manor Drive in Henrico County and fired multiple shots, hitting his mother, Tyesha Hall, 21-year-old sister and 12-year-old brother.
It’s unclear what led to the shooting, but police arrived at the scene and transported them to VCU Medical Critical Care, where they’re recovering.
The day after the shooting, EGYPXN posted a screenshot of a message to his followers on Instagram, which also holds pictures of his son.
“This world is of full of nothing but suffering and pain,” the post read. “The burden I’ve carried on my heart has finally reached its peak. I will not be held captive or a prisoner. I rather return to source. Remember, please be careful and considerate of how you treat [people]…[You] never know what someone is going through or when their breaking point is. I’ve reached mine. This world is all a test.”
In the caption, he gave his final request.
“My last request from humanity is that you seriously evaluate the care you have for each other,” he wrote in the caption. “If this species is to ever evolve, you must stop eating animals, stop warring with each other and take care of mother earth.”
He concluded, “Overthrow this sadistic government and rebuild on a fresh foundation. It’s time for me to rest now.”
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EGYPXN then released the music video to his song “Be Free” two days after the shooting, which obtained over 60,000 views.
According to The Source, police conducted a city-wide search for the rapper, ultimately catching up to him in Rutherford County, North Carolina. After engaging in a shootout with police, they shot and killed EGYPXN on March 30, the same day he released the music video.
Family and friends are still trying to wrap their heads around the incident, especially since they didn’t know anything wrong was happening.
“It was a shock. It was, you know, heartbreaking,” Hall’s friend, Tamara Harris, said. “Your mind just runs a million miles an hour.”
Harris hopes Hall and her children will heal physically, spiritually, mentally and psychologically.