Ottawa’s first homicide of the year has claimed the life of rising hip-hop artist FTG Metro.

Early Wednesday morning the local news reported on the incident in Ottawa’s Centrertown neighbourhood. Authorities encouraged the public to stay away from the area as they pursued the shooter and continued the investigation. The shooting later made international news with BBC reporting on the incident.

The Ottawa Sun said of the shooting:

Ottawa police homicide detectives are probing the city’s first killing of the New Year after an 18-year-old man from Ritchie Street was shot dead and three other males were injured in early morning gunfire at an Airbnb in Centretown, the latest incident of targeted gunfire at a short-term rental.

The slain 18-year-old man has been identified as Manyok Akol, once named one of the top 90 youth football players in the province, and who’s been rapping as FTG Metro, proudly representing the city’s west side.

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