A funeral for slain American rapper Markelle Morrow, also known as Goonew, took a disturbing turn after viral videos showed the artist’s body displayed as a “prop” at his own funeral.
Dressed in designer clothes and a crown, the rapper’s lifeless body was placed standing up like a mannequin at a nightclub in Washington, where his family and friends threw him a “going-away party”.
Videos uploaded on social media displayed people dancing, singing and having fun at the artist’s memorial service, while his propped up deadbody looked down on them all from the stage.
Popular rapper Goonew was shot and killed in Prince George's County. His family hosted his funeral in a club where his body was propped up like a mannequin to join the celebration. pic.twitter.com/ge1mvpzISq— Coki (@Zucoki) April 4, 2022
The rapper’s mother, Patrice Morrow, told Fox 5 DC that she did not want to be sad after her son’s demise, and the celebration at the nightclub was the best way to honour his life.
"People just saying what they want to say, and that’s fine. That’s perfectly fine. I’m pleased with how I sent my son away," Morrow told Fox 5 DC. "I wish people would just let me grieve in peace."
Later, the nightclub put out an apology, saying the venue was reserved by a local funeral home for a celebration, but the club was "never made aware of what would transpire."
Markelle Morrow, aged 24, passed away last month after he was found shot in a parking lot in District Heights, Maryland. The rapper was rushed to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
An investigation into the shooting incident is underway.