Police are still looking for leads after the Charlotte rapper died in a shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are still working to determine who was responsible for shooting and killing a popular Charlotte rapper.

Police said the fatal shooting happened on Saturday August 13 around 2am. Officers said Jamir Rucks was driving near the 7700 block of South Tryon Street. Police believe another car pulled up next to Rucks and fired at his vehicle. Rucks was killed. He was only 22 years old.

It has been nearly two months since the fatal shooting and no one has been charged in the murder.

Rucks’ parents spoke to WBTV in an interview on Tuesday.

Jennifer Richardson, Rucks’ mother, described her son as funny, charismatic, sarcastic and very talented. Lance Rucks, father of Jamir Rucks, said his son was still energetic and mature beyond his years.

Both parents spoke about their son’s love of music and his passion for rapping. Jamir was known to so many in the music community as Jaah SLT. Jamir Rucks’ YouTube page has over 49,000 subscribers. His Instagram account has over 51,000 followers.

“He loved music, making beats, being in the studio with his friends,” Richardson explained.

Lance Rucks said that although his son found success in music and rose to popularity, he remained attached to his family.

“I used to call him the non-rapper rapper because he didn’t do things that most people would,” Lance Rucks said. “He was a homebody. He didn’t go anywhere. He was mostly talking about his music and his family.

Richardson said she was shocked when police told her her son had been killed in a shooting.

“I kept asking, ‘Are they sure that was my son?’ because it just didn’t seem real,” Richardson explained.

Lance Rucks said he had no idea who wanted his son dead.

“Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t know and that’s why we are here to speak to the public. Jamir has no enemies,” the grieving father said.

CMPD Crime Stoppers Detective Rick Smith said police had leads but needed more help from the community to determine who killed Jamir Rucks.

“It’s hard for us to say right now. We don’t have much to do right now. That’s why they’re reaching out to the community, trying to find out who may have had something to do with this,” Smith explained.

Both parents of Jamir Rucks pleaded for members of the public to provide information about the murder.

“My son was for this community. When he became a well-known rapper, he gave back to this community. It could be any of your sons or daughters or anyone and for someone who has had such a positive influence on so many people in this community, I hope this community takes it upon itself to s ensure that justice is done in this situation,” said Lance Rucks.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters can remain anonymous and they can receive a cash reward if they have information that leads to an arrest. Community members can also submit crime tips through the P3 Tips app.

Mark M. Gagnon