Attorney confirms Jacksonville rapper Julio Foolio shot and killed in Tampa ambush

Julio Foolio, a prominent rapper from Jacksonville, met a tragic end in Tampa early Sunday, as confirmed by his attorney Lewis Fusco to News 6 partner News4JAX. Celebrating his 26th birthday at an Airbnb after the Friday festivity, Charles Jones, known by his rap moniker “Julio Foolio,” fell victim to a fatal shooting incident. Fusco elaborated on the situation, highlighting the overcrowded nature of the Airbnb gathering, leading to an eventual police intervention and eviction from the premises. The rapper’s active social media presence, promoting the event’s location, added fuel to the already tense atmosphere.

Fusco further disclosed that following the Airbnb debacle, Jones secured accommodation at a Holiday Inn hotel, only to face an unforeseen and fatal ambush in the hotel parking lot. Tampa Police Public Information Officer Jonee’ Lewis confirmed the victim’s identity as Charles Jones, pending formal confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident also left three others injured, currently receiving treatment at a local hospital, with their condition reported as stable.

Jones, recognized for his controversial drill rap videos depicting gang-related violence in Jacksonville, had a history of confrontations, having survived two previous shootings in the city over the past three years. The news of his untimely demise has sparked widespread discussions on social media, with numerous individuals, including a self-proclaimed girlfriend, expressing their condolences and memories of the late rapper.

In response to the tragic event, attorney Lewis Fusco issued a poignant statement, urging respect for Jones’ privacy and that of his family during this challenging period. As the authorities continue their investigations into the circumstances surrounding Jones’ death, the public is encouraged to come forward with any relevant information by contacting Tampa PD at 813-231-6130 or utilizing the Tip411 feature available through the TampaPD app. The music industry mourns the loss of Julio Foolio, a talented artist whose life was cut short in a senseless act of violence.

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