19 June: Rapper Tray Savage (real name Kentray Young) was shot dead while driving in the Chatham district of south Chicago, reported CBS Chicago.
According to Yahoo Actualités, he was shot in his neck and shoulder, leading to severe injuries. Savage was taken to the Chicago University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
As for now, no suspect has been arrested, and the motivations of the killers have not been released.
A statement by a representative of the Chief Glo Gang Family published on Billboard states: “The entire Chief Glo Gang Family are extremely saddened about the loss of Kentray ‘Tray Savage’ Young who was taken too soon today. His first love was always devoted to his fiancé, kids, family, and music. Regrettably, we can’t take back the actions done by others, but we stand firmly behind the fact that Kentray ‘Tray Savage’ Young should be here today alive and continuing his amazing contributions to society. His friends, family and entertainment family will continue to honour his legacy.”
Freemuse documented that in 2019, nine artists were killed. The State of Artistic Freedom Report 2020 reports that two artists were killed in Uganda, and one in each of Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Mali, Russia, and the USA.