Atlanta rapper Carlos Walker, popularly known as “Shawty Lo,” died in a car crash early on Sept. 20 after leaving a nightclub.
Fulton County police said 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.
Police said the 40-year-old rapper was ejected and died at the scene. Initially, the accident was thought to have been a hit-and-run, but was later confirmed as a single car accident. Two women in the car were injured and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Thousands of fans gathered for a vigil the day that Walker was killed to honor the “King of Bankhead”. Known throughout the westside of Atlanta as a leader, the artist was well known for his philanthropic spirit.
Shawty Lo rose to fame in the early 2000s and 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.”
Walker was born in Moultrie, Georgia and leaves behind 11 children. Funeral arrangements are still being made.