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Teen rapper fatally shoots himself accidentally whilst filming a video for social media

Teen rapper fatally shoots himself accidentally whilst filming a video for social media

Family members of Rylo Huncho have been asking for support following his death

Teenage rapper Rylo Huncho has died after he accidentally shot himself in the head while filming a video.

Police confirmed the death of a 17-year-old man on 15 May, stating that he had been found dead at his home in Suffolk, Virginia.

Authorities said the teen had been killed by an 'accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound' to the head.

Though police did not identify Huncho in their announcement, the rapper's family have since shared news of his death in a GoFundMe page set up to support his mother. His real name is Raleigh, according to The Direct.

Huncho died while filming a video for social media. (GoFundMe)
Huncho died while filming a video for social media. (GoFundMe)

The fundraising page, which features an image of Huncho, reads: "Hello, my aunt recently lost her 17 year old son from a self inflicted gun wound to the head. He was her only son ! She was a single parent but took care of her son the best she could."

The page added that the family are 'still trying to figure out' the circumstances surrounding Huncho's death, but added: "Anything I mean anything can help her at this time of need."

"He was her only child she was also an only child it was always her and her son. Anything can help! Please keep my family in your prayers thank you so much."

Footage shared on social media in the wake of Huncho's death showed the rapper dancing around his room and singing into a camera while holding a pistol for a video on his Instagram Stories.

At some point during his routine, Huncho is believed to have turned off the gun's safety switch. He died after a shot rang out from the gun.

Huncho showed off the gun online. (Instagram/@rylohuncho_)
Huncho showed off the gun online. (Instagram/@rylohuncho_)

Earlier this year, Huncho displayed what appeared to be the same gun in another video he shared on TikTok.

Huncho's followers and friends have been paying tribute to the rapper, who had 27,000 followers in Instagram and 680 monthly listeners on Spotify.

Kara Dorsey, who claimed to be a teacher at Huncho's school, described how the 'school family' had 'experienced a loss'.

"While I didn’t have the opportunity to meet this young man, I did meet his older cousin and a close friend today," she continued. "I met them as they spent their lunch quietly walking the halls and asking staff members to share a gofumdme [sic] to help the young man’s mother lay her only child to rest."

The GoFundMe has so far raised more than $2,800 dollars, with a goal of $15,000. If you'd like to donate you can do so here.

UNILAD has contacted Suffolk Police Department for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@rylohuncho_

Topics: Social Media, Music, Instagram, GoFundMe, Viral, US News