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Baltimore’s cyclical street violence this week claimed the life of rapper 30 Glizzy, a member of a prominent D.C. area crew known as the Glizzy Gang.

The body of 30 Glizzy, real name Theodore Pigford, was found in an alley early Wednesday morning in the 4200 block of Audrey Avenue, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Police said he has been shot several times in his torso; medics pronounced him dead at the scene. Authorities identified Pigford as the victim in a release Friday morning.

Pigford was Baltimore 243rd homicide victim of 2017.

He lived in Oxon Hill, Md., and was an associate of popular D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy, who was featured on a remix of late Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota’s 2014 hit “Bird Flu.” Scoota, real name Tyriece Watson, was infamously shot and killed last summer while driving away from a charity basketball game that he helped put on at Morgan State University.

Pigford was featured on one song, “Anywhere,” on Shy Glizzy’s popular 2014 mixtape Law III, and contributed heavily to the Glizzy Gang’s 2015 mixtape Be Careful. He’d also released a solo mixtape, YC Wit Me, just last month. On the de facto single “My Life,” he rhymed over a soulful beat about his desire to support his family and put personal struggles behind him. “I’ve been down a long path, I’m tryna make it right,” he rapped.

Shy Glizzy posted an image in remembrance of his comrade on Instagram yesterday.

Hip-hop circles are mourning his loss on social media. Louisiana’s Boosie Badazz and New York’s A$AP Ant were among the bigger names to offer their condolences.

Anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding Pigford’s killing can contact police at 410-396-2100, or anonymously call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...