DETROIT - Hundreds of people gathered on Detroit's west side Saturday to say goodbye to an up-and-coming rapper.
A rising star in the rap world was shot down two weeks ago. The funeral procession for Detroit rapper Rodney Yeargin, known to the music world as Doughboy Roc, passed his childhood home -- the same home the up-and-coming singer showcased in many of his music videos.
As the horse-drawn caisson came into the community, hundreds came out of their homes filling the streets. They held signs showing support to Doughboy Roc's family.
"You could see the love. The love was the main and key ingredient," said his aunt, Shawnteia Yeargin.
To his fans, he was known as Doughboy Roc, but his family knew only as "Rodney." They describe Rodney as a loving father who, despite the persona he displayed in the music world, always showed loved and put his family first.
"His mother is smiling so hard today because she seen how much everyone loved her son," Shawnteia Yeargin said.
Detroit police found Rodney Yeargin shot multiple times inside a car near Westfield Avenue and Stoepel Street. Two weeks later, his aunt told Local 4 News that police are still working the homicide.
"This is not a cold case," Shawnteia Yeargin said.
With a release of doves, they say goodbye. The killer may have silenced him, but his family knows he will forever be heard through his music and they're optimistic the person or people responsible will get arrested.
"It will allow his mother to sleep at night. Right now she's staying up having sleepless nights wondering, 'Who did this to my son?'" Shawnteia Yeargin said.
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