Labor day tragedy
Freeport hip hop artist gunned down outside strip club; police search for suspects
The local hip hop scene is mourning the loss of a rising young star who was gunned down outside a Galleria-area gentlemen's club early Sunday.
The Houston Police Department reports Jeremy Michael Hill — a 23-year-old rapper from the Galveston area who went by Jit — was out on the town with two friends Saturday night after a trip to Grooves for a Labor Day performance by noted rapper Plies.
“He wasn’t a trouble maker,” said a friend who knew Hill since childhood. “He was just a good dude.”
After stops at several adult clubs just west of the Galleria, Hill tweeted to a friend at 5:21 a.m. that he was heading to Legends strip club on Richmond near Hillcroft.
Less than 10 minutes later, the rapper and his friends pulled into the Legends parking lot, where two unknown suspects fired upwards of 30 rounds into the group's white Mercedes. Hill, who rode in the backseat, was shot as he tried to exit the car.
The young rapper died at the scene while his two friends were rushed to an area hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. Investigators believe the attack was unprovoked and, thus far, have few leads to identify the suspects.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white or Mexican. We’re all family," rapper Jamire Shockley told KHOU Ch. 11, showing reporter Rucks Russell a T-shirt he designed to honor Hill.
Those close to the rapper remember him as a good friend and say the entire Freeport community in struggling after the weekend tragedy.
“He wasn’t a trouble maker,” said another friend who knew Hill since childhood. “He was just a good dude.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers online or at 713-222-TIPS. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any details leading to an arrest. As always, tipsters will remain anonymous.