Monday, April 19, 2021

Candlelight Vigil Scheduled for Rapper Smoke Dawg, Killed in Toronto Shooting

*A candlelight vigil will be held tonight (July 2) at 8:30 p.m. in Toronto for rapper Smoke Dawg, real name Jahvante Smart.

The 21-year-old rapper was shot and killed outside of a Toronto nightclub on Saturday (June 30). The vigil will take place at the Metropolitan Church Park at Queen Street East and Church street. All are welcome and encouraged to bring flowers, candles and posters.

Local news outlet CP24 reported that three people, two men and a woman, were shot in broad daylight in an incident that quickly devolved into chaos outside of the Cube Nightclub in Toronto’s Entertainment District. All three were rushed to the hospital, though one of the victims, later identified as Smart, passed away.

A statement from his rep reads: “Jahvante touched the lives of many fans not only in Toronto but around the world. Music was able to let him travel the world and chase his dream of becoming a superstar.”

The rapper leaves behind a one-year-old daughter, his parents and 13 siblings.

“As a young man from Regent Park, he overcame poverty and grew into a responsible, caring grown man who took care of his friends and family. He helped people wherever he could and will be remembered for his huge smile and glowing personality,” the statement continues.

In the hours following the shooting, several of Smoke Dawg’s friends — including Drake, Mustafa the Poet and Nathan Miller, the director of NORTHSIDE, a documentary focused on Toronto’s growing rap scene that featured the rapper — all took to social media with tributes.

“All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” Drake wrote via Instagram story on a photo of him and the late rapper. “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”

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