The bustling city of Durban was thrown into mourning as reports of a deadly drive-by shooting began to circulate on Friday night. Police sources, who could not be named as they are prohibited from speaking to the media, confirmed to IOL that renowned rapper Kiernan Forbes, better known as “AKA,” was tragically killed in the attack.
Another individual, believed to be AKA’s bodyguard, was also wounded. Sadly, a third victim, said to be a close friend of the rapper, was also shot dead.
Confirming the devastating news, police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda stated that police were investigating two murder cases and were still working to determine the motives behind the murders. Without naming Forbes, the Colonel confirmed that one of the deceased was a well-known musician.
It is believed that the rapper was standing outside Wish Restaurant when he was senselessly taken from this world in a hail of bullets from two unknown vehicles. Eyewitnesses at a nearby restaurant reported that the shooting took place just before 10 pm.
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Florida Road was closed off by police, with paramedics on the scene to tend to the wounded and the deceased. Garrith Jamieson, a spokesperson for ALS Paramedics, confirmed that two people, including a “famous rapper,” were killed in the shooting.
The identity of the second victim remains unknown but is understood to be a close friend of AKA. The rapper was set to perform at Durban’s YUGO nightclub as part of his birthday celebrations, according to social media posts.
The shock and disbelief at this tragedy were palpable, with close friend Da Les taking to social media to express his heartbreak.
Who is Rapper AKA?
Rapper AKA, also known as Kiernan Forbes, was a well-known South African musician who was respected and loved for his unique style and voice. His untimely death in a drive-by shooting in Durban has saddened many people.