HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — All charges in a deadly shooting at a Huntersville Wal-mart have been dropped, officials said.
Charlotte-based rapper Jonathan Kirk, known as ‘DaBaby,’ appeared in Mecklenburg County court Thursday for a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Prosecutors asked for a continuance after a key witness failed to show up. That motion was denied. As a result, the state was forced to dissmiss the charge.
“We feel like we didn’t get any justice to have the guy look at us in court with a smirk, like he won’t that battle,” sai Quinae Horsley, cousin of the victim.
The charge stems from a incident he was involved in more than four months ago at the Huntersville Wal-mart where 19-year-old Jaylin Craig was shot and killed. Huntersville police said a fight broke out before the shooting.
“The rapper instigated it and started it and attacking my sons friend, threw the first punch,” said Curtis Craig, father to the victim.
“But everyone ran with it because the rapper said it was a robbery,” said the victim’s mother, Lawanda Horsley. “There was never a robbery. Ever.”
In an Instagram video, Kirk indicated he was shopping for clothes for his dughter, but never said a fight took place.
“Two dudes walk in on you and your whole family, threatening y’all, whip out on y’all, let me see what y’all going to do,” Kirk said in the video. “When the story comes out and the footage comes out will show y’all how I was in there with my 1-year-old daughter and my 5-year-old, my baby mama, buying my baby some more winter clothes. A dude sees me buying baby clothes and wants to show me how tough he is.”
Kirk left the courthouse Thursday without saying a word. The family says they won’t stop until they get justice for Jalen.
According to the district attorney’s office, additional charges will not be filed against Kirk.