Los Angeles rapper Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed and killed last night at the Once Upon a Time Festival in L.A.

Crime Story has published three stories about the legal troubles faced by Drakeo the Ruler, who was born Darrell Caldwell, and who spent over 3 years in an L.A. Jail through one trial and pending a second trial. 

In those articles, we explored both the political and cultural dimensions to Drakeo’s case as well as his decision to accept a plea bargain on a remaining Gang Conspiracy charge. That deal, according to journalist Jeff Weiss, set him free on parole, the conditions of which were to “last five years, and any minor violation could lock him up again for nearly a decade.”

Weiss was at the forefront of covering Drakeo’s significance as an artist as well as his experiences in the Los Angeles criminal legal system.

Weiss posted an epitaph to Drakeo in a series of Tweets.

Drakeo’s attorney John Hamasaki also posted a statement on Twitter.

The LA Times has reported that Drakeo was attacked by a group of people at about 8:40 pm while George Clinton was performing.

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