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Halifax Rapper Who Made Plea for End to Violence Charged with Murder

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Rapper Who Made Plea for End to Violence Charged with Murder

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Rapper charged in fatal shooting in Halifax

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HALIFAX - A rapper who made a heartfelt plea for an end to violence after a series of killings in Halifax earlier this year has been charged with murder in a weekend killing.

Carvel Clayton, 21, was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Shakur Jefferies, who was found dead near a suburban Halifax apartment building around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Clayton recently penned a song following the shooting deaths of several young black men that galvanized the city and prompted anti-violence marches.

Quentrel Provo, founder of Stop the Violence, said Clayton was a talented young musician who was so moved by the string of shootings last spring that he wrote the rap, "Murder (Pray 4 Scotia)."

Clayton's song bemoans the killing of the men in one week, and urges people to refrain from violence with the lyrics, "We say the cops trying to take us out, but we the ones killing. …

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