A Florida rapper allegedly shot and killed a mother of three at her California home before turning the gun on himself, according to police.
The apparent murder-suicide happened in Temple City on January 1, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Lieutenant Derrick Alfred confirmed J $tash is believed to have killed 27-year-old Jeanette Gallegos before turning the gun on himself.
Mr Alfred told The Sun that J $tash, whose real name is Justin Joseph, and Gallegos had been living together in the Temple City home for the past few months.
The couple was arguing about their relationship on January 1 before J $tash reportedly took Gallegos into the master bedroom and locked the door, Mr Alfred said.
The lieutenant went on to say that Gallegos’ children, ages 7, 9, and 11 years old, were home at the time and knocked on the door periodically to make sure their mom was OK.
At one point, Mr Alfred said the kids heard gunshots and called their grandmother, who told them to call police.
When deputies got to the home, the kids ran outside and deputies forced their way into the master bedroom, which was locked.
Mr Alfred said deputies then “found the victim and her boyfriend J $tash on the floor inside.”
"The female victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, while the male victim sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police told local radio station KFI-AM.
The children were taken from the home and are now with family, Mr Alfred said.
Autopsies were scheduled for J $tash and Gallegos as deputies work to piece together what led up to the gunfire.
No note was found, but deputies were believed to have visited the home on one prior occasion, according to Mr Alfred.
He said the call was for a possible domestic violence situation, but deputies left without making any arrests.
Neighbors said J $tash and Gallegos had been dating for about a year and none of the children were J $tash's, according to Mr Alfred.
As news of the reported murder-suicide spread on social media, rapper SpotemGottem wrote, "Speechless wishing this is a dream damn J."
The rapper tagged J $tash's Instagram account, adding, "Damn fam this hurt that gang but nobody kno what u going through till it all end."
A screenshot of a post by rapper Trippie Redd showed him saying, "Rip to my twin I can't believe this" while tagging J $tash's account.
Songs by J $tash on YouTube include Flexin, Guerillas, and Nuthin (remix).
J $tash grew up in South Florida then moved to New York, where he was born, according to a 2017 interview with Crack Magazine.
He told the magazine that aside from music, he was focused on "building companies and opening up stores in different countries."
"Of which I’ve been doing on the low secretly," he said.
"Rapping was just platform to get myself out there and grow."
The rapper said Lil Wayne's number one assistant was a mentor to him and brought him into "that world."
"His name is Troy Bless and because of Troy I was able to be around Young Money and establish myself within that scene."
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