Carlos Walker, also known as Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo has died this morning 09/21/2016 in a fatal car crash in South Fulton County. It was an emotional vigil for Shawty Lo as hundreds of fans from the Atlanta area gather to remember him. Fulton County police say the crash happened around 2:20 a.m. when the 2016 Audi that Walker was driving crashed over a guardrail, hit several trees and caught fire at the Cascade Road exit. The police department says the 40-year-old was ejected and died at the scene. Two women in the car were injured and taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The rapper’s manager confirmed the news and Shawty Lo’s Twitter account put out a statement. After initially describing the crash as a hit-and-run, “it has been confirmed now that it was a single car accident,” Fulton police spokeswoman Cpl. Maureen Smith said.
The rapper formed the hip hop group D4L with fellow Atlanta rappers Fabo, Mook-B and Stoney. The group released the popular songs “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me” and “Laffy Taffy.” Artists, neighbors, childhood friends and family have gathered here along Donald Lee Hollowell with the sound of Shawty Lo’s music blasting through the doors of the ORG studio. His death has made national news, but there’s only one place where you’ll find people who truly knew Shawty Lo.
“We just stunned right now,” D4L co-founder Marcus Smith said. “The community is just stunned.” Shawty Lo is memorialized in so many personal ways once you cross into Donald Lee Hollowell. “And for him to leave today?” friend Shawn Robinson asked. “I’m crushed. It’s hard. It’s very hard for me. And everybody just left Yung Joc party last night, you understand me?” On every corner, you’d find people mourning the loss of the 40-year-old who rose to fame in the early 2000s, but never became a stranger to this neighborhood. “They really looked up to him, especially if you could be one of the ones that make it out,” friend Dontavius Dowell said. “Thanksgiving, Christmas. People needed a lot of things and he came out of his own pocket and gave,” Smith said.
Outside the ORG studio off Donald Lee Hollowell, one of Shawty Lo’s 11 children stepped out to speak with us. “We trying to be strong, but we can’t. You know, we can’t bring him back, but he in a better place, though,” son Michael Robinson said. The two unidentified female passenger are being treated at Grady as the cause of the accident remains under investigation.