SUITLAND, Md. -- Police said around 1:05 a.m. Sunday, 18-year-old Douglass Brooks was shot and killed in the 3600 block of Parkway Terrace Drive.
Brooks was an up and coming rapper. In the entertainment world, he was known as Dirty Swipey.
Sunday morning thousands, including well-known artists like Wale, also from the DMV, reacted to the news on social media. The hashtag #RIPSwipey was one of the top trending topics on twitter.
Friends of the family told DCW50 the 18-year-old was murdered right in front of his mother’s home.
“That’s what is so crazy. He loved his mom, he just wanted to do something special for her and his family,” explained Kai Billups, entertainment reporter for Radio One, who had a working relationship with the local celebrity.
“He wanted DC to be known for something positive through music and now that dream is lost,” Billups continued.
Swipey’s most recent music video was posted on Youtube a month ago and has more than 145,000 views.
“He was dealing with a lot of big wigs in terms of negotiating contracts, multimillion dollar contracts,” explained Billups.
But he said, in spite of the rapper’s success, the local artist remained humble.
“He always went to the areas where he was raised he always spent time in his community. He let them know that he was a real person and he was not going abandoned where he came from, and this is what it lead to, it is very unfortunate.”
Billups said it is time for things to change in the entertainment industry and in everyday life, “time to put the guns down because they don’t lead to anything but large funerals.”
Friends of the family said a vigil is being planned for Brooks.
Prince George’s County police said no arrests have been made. Any one with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
There is a reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.