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Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed by a 15-year-old boy who targeted the rising rap star for his diamond-studded Rolex watch, according to authorities.

The rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, was killed when four suspects robbed him during a home invasion at his rented Hollywood Hills AirBNB mansion in February, 2020.

New details about the home invasion emerged during a preliminary hearing for 20-year-old Corey Walker, the sole adult suspect in the case.

Testifying in court on Friday, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Carlos Camacho claimed the four defendants specifically targeted Pop Smoke for the custom jewelry he wore in social media posts that night.

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Walker claimed the youngest of the suspects, a 15-year-old boy, was the one who pulled the trigger and snatched Pop’s Cuban link chain and Rolex watch – which he later sold for $2,000.

He said Pop was also kicked by one of the suspects after he was fatally shot.

Citing a recorded jail conversation between the teen and his cellmate last year, Camacho told the court: “He admitted that he shot the victim three times with a Beretta nine.”

“They got into a fight, and he shot him three times. He said he shot him on the back [sic].”

Camacho said the group wore ski masks and gloves, and used a police scanner to pull off the home invasion.

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The suspects entered the house through a second story balcony while the 20-yar-old rapper (pictured) was in the shower. One of the suspects put a gun to the forehead of a woman who was in the room.

“He said that when the individuals got inside, the suspects confronted (Pop Smoke), who was in the shower naked,” the detective stated.

The cop claimed the rapper initially complied with their demands to hand over his jewelry, but the MC then “rushed” the suspects, who “pistol whipped” him before the 15 year old shot him.

During the hearing, Walker’s attorney, Christopher Darden, insisted his client simply served as the getaway driver, and didn’t even enter the house. He claims Walker warned the younger members of the robbing crew not to shoot anyone.

“He’s clearly not an aider and abettor of premeditated murder,” said Darden. “At most, he’s a principal in a robbery. He’s a driver. He is outside.”

Prosecutors pushed back by accusing Walker of scouting out the house, knowing full well his co-defendants were planning to rob Pop at gunpoint, actions which showed a “reckless indifference to human life,” reports the New York Daily News.

Criminals often use juvenile offenders to commit robberies because they typically receive lighter prison sentences.

Judge H. Clay Jacke II shut down Darden’s request for a dismissal of the murder charges, and declared there was “sufficient cause” to send Walker to trial.

His next hearing is set for June 3.

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Rapper Kodak Black angers Kobe Bryant fans with helicopter tribute

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Kodak Black probably shouldn’t have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe’s fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team’s yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: “I’m Ouchea 24 a Day I’m Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant… #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now.”

Kobe’s fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: “The helicopter not sitting right w me.”

Another wrote: “The man and his daughter died in one.”

And a third user wrote: “I think the helicopter was a little to much.”

But some of Kodak’s followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: “He honoring him if anything.”

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Lori Harvey concealed her toned midriff as she headed to a pilates class in West Hollywood on Monday.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka enjoyed dinner with rapper boyfriend Cordae at celebrity hot spot Catch LA in West Hollywood on Sunday, after she withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships. Play begins on June 28. Naomi also withdrew from the French Open after refusing to participate in post-match press conferences.

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America’s A-list couple Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber shared a romantic dinner, after attending a reception for French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Fans slammed Justin and Hailey for dressing inappropriately to meet with the president. Hailey wore a club dress by LaQuan Smith, while Justin opted for a grey business suit with a pair of blue and white Nike Dunk sneakers.

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Alex Rodriguez stopped to take a selfie with a fan after having lunch with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Alex and Cynthia (not pictured) were joined by their kids Natasha Alexander Rodriguez and Ella Alexander Rodriguez for lunch at Bar Pitti.

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American tennis star Venus Williams was spotted out and about in the South of France wearing a Louis Vuitton cropped jacket, black leggings, a black bonnet and a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions in Europe.

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Texas homeowners complain that their thermostats are being accessed remotely and turned up to save energy

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Texas homeowners who purchased smart thermostats that connect to the Internet are crying foul after someone accessed their thermostats remotely.

Houston area homeowners are upset that someone accessed their thermostats and turned them up to nearly 80 degrees to save energy.

A Deer Park resident told KHOU that he awoke bathed in sweat and discovered his thermostat had been cranked up to 78 degrees.

The man said his wife turned the thermostat down before they went to bed.

He feared that his 3-month-old daughter would overheat in the unbearably hot house.

Later that day, his wife received an alert on her phone that said the thermostat was turned up remotely during a three-hour “energy saving event.”

The family’s smart thermostat was installed as part of a program called “Smart Savers Texas” operated by a company called EnergyHub.

In the small print, the agreement states that electric customers allow EnergyHub to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

EnergyHub’s list of clients include TXU Energy, CenterPoint and ERCOT power companies.

The Deer Park homeowner and several of his neighbors have uninstalled the smart thermostats. He said the smart thermostats are convenient but not worth the trouble.

Smart devices, including thermostats and kitchen appliances, are connected to the Internet and may be accessed from outside the home.

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