Filipino battle rapper Lil John shot dead in Cavite

Lil John during a rap battle in 2016. <i>Photo: Screenshot from Fliptopbattles</i>
Lil John during a rap battle in 2016. Photo: Screenshot from Fliptopbattles

Rapper Lil John, whose real name is John Ross Delos Santos, was shot dead on Sunday afternoon by an unknown assailant in Imus town in Cavite.

Delos Santos, 35, was on board his motorbike waiting for his girlfriend when he was approached by the gunman, who shot him twice in the head, the news show QRT reports.

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He was rushed to the hospital for treatment but died en route, according to ABS-CBN News.

Authorities said Delos Santos did not live in Imus, but went there to see his girlfriend. Both the girlfriend and his estranged wife will be asked by the police to provide information that might help them in their investigation.

A resident of Tambo, in Parañaque City, Delos Santos became known for participating in freestyle battles organized by FlipTop, a rap battle league. The league expressed its condolences to the rapper’s family and friends through a Facebook post shortly after he was killed.

The police are still trying to track down the assailant and determining possible motives for the killing.

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