Ervin McKinness and four others died in a car crash after the aspiring rapper tweeted that he was drunk driving and going 120 mph.
Just minutes before dying in a fiery single car crash on September 2, the 21-year-old tweeted, “Drunk as fuck going 120 drifting corners #FuckIt YOLO.” Adding, “Driving tweeting sipping the cup fuck yolo I’m turning it up.”
In his 2005 Nissan Sentra the young rapper proceeded to run a red light, lose control and slam into a wall in the city of Ontario. Marquell Bogan, 23, Dylan George, 20, Jonathan Watson, 21, and JaJuan Bennett, 23, also lost their lives during the accident.
Though the McKinness’ tweets made it sound like he was the driver, this fact is still in question. Police reported that Watson may have been driving, and McKinness’ sister defended her brother as being the passenger, not the driver, that night.
The young rapper went by the names Jew’elz and Inkyy, had signed a record deal and released a video for his song “Dreams” on his YouTube channel, InkyyTV, in April.