How Did Lil Snupe Die? The Details of His Tragic Homicide

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Lil Snupe had his whole life ahead of him with a career that was sure to be long-lived and successful. There’s no telling where he might have gone if only he hadn’t been cut down in his prime. What is even sadder is the reason why his killers did what they did. 

How did Lil Snupe die, and what were the circumstances surrounding Lil Snupe’s death? Find out that and more below. 

How Did Lil Snupe Die?

Lil Snupe’s cause of death was a fatal gunshot wound. 

He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Winn Parish Coroner Investigators when paramedics were unable to revive him. 

Subsequent reports noted that Lil Snupe’s cause of death was a dual gunshot wound to the torso area. According to the Associated Press, the shooting happened following an argument over a video game dispute.

Recently, in November 2022, Lil Snupe’s mother further gave details about the event in an interview with the Boss Talk 101 podcast. During the interview, she said the shooting allegedly happened following a gambling argument about the NBA 2K video game. 

On the podcast, she also noted that her son’s death was caused by internal bleeding, as there were no blood stains on his clothing. 

Nearly a week after the murder, Tony Holden, 36, turned himself in to the authorities on June 26, 2013, after already being pegged as the murder suspect. He was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and armed robbery. 

On July 3, 2013, a second person, Edrick O. Stewart, 21, was arrested and charged with manslaughter as related to Lil Snupe’s death.

When Did Lil Snupe Die?

Lil Snupe passed away on June 20, 2013. It happened early in the morning, around 4 a.m. 

Lil Snupe was survived by his mother and father and was also survived by his many friends and mentors in the rap industry, most notably Meek Mill.

How Old Was Lil Snupe When He Died?

Lil Snupe was just an 18-year-old teenager for merely a week when he tragically passed away. 

Where is Lil Snupe Buried?

Lil Snupe’s funeral was held at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Jonesboro, Louisiana, on June 29, 2013. Hundreds were in attendance, according to HuffPost

After Lil Snupe’s funeral, it is unknown where his burial was held. His father, however, did allude to a gravesite in Winnfield, Louisiana, in an Instagram post when he finally got to visit the grave for the first time following his release after 20 years in prison and eight years after his son’s tragic murder.  

In a video, he further blamed Meek Mill and Jay-Z for the lack of a headstone or monument dedicated to his son. 

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Who Inherited Lil Snupe’s Money?

At the time of his death, Lil Snupe’s estate was worth approximately $500,000, a considerable feat considering his short-lived rap career. 

Considering Lil Snupe’s will was never written, it is unknown who inherited Lil Snupe’s estate. Still, it is reasonably assumed that the majority of it, if not all, went to his mother, with his father also receiving a small sum, although he was still incarcerated at the time of his son’s death. 

Who Was Lil Snupe?

Lil Snupe was a young, up-and-coming rapper in his prime in his career when he was tragically murdered. 

When Was Lil Snupe Born?

Addarren Ross, aka Lil Snupe’s birthdate was June 13, 1995. 

Lil Snupe’s Zodiac sign was Gemini. That means that he was expressive and quick-witted.  

Where Was Lil Snupe From?

Lil Snupe was born and raised in Jonesboro, Louisiana. 

Where Did Lil Snupe Live?

Lil Snupe was living in Winnfield, Louisiana, at the time of his death.

Lil Snupe’s Ethnicity

While Lil Snupe was American, he was also of mixed ethnicity, but it’s unclear exactly what his full ethnic background was made up of. 

How Tall Was Lil Snupe?

Lil Snupe’s height was approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall. 

How Much Did Lil Snupe Weigh?

Lil Snupe’s weight was around 125 pounds. Talk about maintaining an extremely lean body mass. 

How Did Lil Snupe Become Famous?

Lil Snupe’s claim to fame came when he was just 17 years old when he was signed to Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers Records after releasing his debut mixtape, 16 & Runnin: The Mixtape, in 2012.

According to Meek Mill, Lil Snupe approached him at an airport. “We were on our way back to the airport, a little kid knocked on the window and gave us a demo. We listened to it, we liked it, and he popped up in Philly one day and was hanging with us,” Meek Mill explained in an interview with Complex magazine.

After the record deal, Meek Mill released a collaboration with his new, young protégé in March 2013 called “Nobody Does it Better.” One month later, Lil Snupe released his next mixtape, R.N.I.C, which featured more collaborations with not just Meek Mill but also with DJ Khaled, Trae Tha Truth, Curren$y, and more.

Meek Mill was devastated after Lil Snupe’s murder, releasing a series of heartbreaking tweets after the news broke. 

The rest of Lil Snupe’s songs and mixtapes came after his death. The first posthumous release came in December 2014, when his single “Meant 2 Be” featuring Boosie Badazz came out, with the follow-up being Lil Snupe’s album R.N.I.C 2 (Jonesboro).

More than a year later, his team released Lil Snupe’s song and accompanying music video, “Comeback Freestyle.” Lil Snupe’s final posthumous project was 16 & Runnin Resurrected, a 12-track new album released in December 2016. It included features by rappers Money Bagz, C’Nyle, Raidcal, and Jemouri.  

Lil Snupe’s Parents

Lil Snupe was the son of Charlie Brown and Denesha Chester, whom he was primarily raised by because his father was in jail for most of his son’s life. Lil Snupe did, however, credit his father for his introduction to rap music, and his father even recorded freestyles from jail that were featured on some of his son’s tapes. 

His mother was a very young teen, 15, when she gave birth to Lil Snupe, and she subsequently spoke of her experience being pregnant so young and being abused by Lil Snupe’s father during an interview on the YouTube podcast Boss Talk 101

“He was the type of guy that if he didn’t deal with me, he didn’t deal with the kid, so I didn’t deal with him long after having birth. It was an abusive relationship. I felt bullied. Anger just building up because it was like, who’s going to protect me at this point.”

“It was back-to-back trauma, but I had Snupe, and I needed to protect Snupe,” she added.

According to her, her son struggled while he was in school. In fact, the rapper was expelled from school on three separate occasions. 

Where Did Lil Snupe Get Shot?

Lil Snupe was shot at the Maplewood Apartments in Winnfield, Louisiana. 

In particular, Louisiana’s Winnfield City Police officers were called to 1901 South Jones Street around 4:07 a.m. because of a reported shooting. 

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What Was the Cause of Lil Loaded Death?

Lil Snupe wasn’t the only rapper in the “Lil” rappers of hip-hop to have a tragic end to his life. Lil Loaded also had a life cut too short. The Texas rapper died by suicide in 2021 at only 20 years old. 

What Were Lil Loaded’s Last Words?

Unlike with Lil Snupe, we know what Lil Loaded’s last words were. Prior to his death, Lil Loaded wrote one last message on Instagram to God, which Rap House TV subsequently shared online following the young rapper’s death. 

“Dear most high, please forgive me for my shortcomings and all the times I’ve fell short of making you proud and being appreciative of the blessings that have been put in my life (sic).” 

Where Did Lil Mister Get Shot?

Lil Mister was another one of those ‘Lil” rappers whose life was tragically taken by someone else. Lil Mister was only 24 when he was fatally shot in the head in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, on March 15, 2019. 


Lil Snupe may have been young with a very short-lived career, but his legacy in rap music is no less impressive as his fellow rappers and mentors continue to remember him. 

One of the most notable tributes came from his mentor Meek Mill, who not only remembered his young protégé in a series of Tweets but also a music video in July 2017 in tribute. The song “We Ball” featured Young Thug as well as a segment of Lil Snupe’s freestyle rapping with images pointing at funeral and cemetery themes. 

Later, in October 2021, Meek Mill released yet another song in memory of his young friend called “Angels (RIP Lil Snupe).” 

That’s not all. Lil Snupe has also been noted as a lyrical influence of female rapper Asian Doll in January 2019, with many other recent rappers noting the same. 

It just goes to show that you’re never too young to make your mark on the world, even if your life is cut tragically short. The deceased Lil Snupe is proof of that. 

Rest in peace, Lil Snupe. 

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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