Salute: 21 Savage Pays for Funeral of 3-Year-Old Shot in Atlanta
It is good to see the artists we support give that support back to their community in times of need.
After a toddler was killed in Atlanta, 21 Savage volunteered to pay for his funeral.
The artist is a family friend of T’Rhigi Diggs, who was killed on Easter after he was shot in the chest as his mother, Roshonda Craig, drove past a gas station. A source tells PEOPLE that the artist “didn’t want anybody stressing over arrangements for a funeral.”
Craig told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the offer was touching and a weight off the family, adding that all are welcome to the funeral, which is set for noon on Saturday at Atlanta’s Israel Baptist Church.
Police are reportedly still trying to determine what led to the shooting. At present they theorize that the shooter may have been provoked by paintball guns and Diggs — who had just celebrated his 3rd birthday two days earlier — got caught in between.
“We’re still trying to piece together exactly what happened,” Lt. Lonzy Robertson, the spokesman for DeKalb County police, told the AJC. “The gas station did get sprayed with paint balls about the same time.”
According to WSB-TV Atlanta, Craig said her son was asleep when the attack took place.
“My baby was sleeping in the backseat when I saw the car come past,” she told the outlet. “I saw a paintball gun, but then I heard a real gun. When I heard the gunshot, my baby started crying. I didn’t know my baby was shot. I was thinking maybe he just woke up [and] the gunshot scared him.”
Authorities don’t feel Craig or Diggs were the targets, reports the AJC. “We believe they thought someone else was driving the car,” stated DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell. -(Mariah Haas, Janine Rubenstein, People)