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Tragic Loss: Aspiring Bronx Rapper Gunned Down, Suspect in Custody

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A teenager has been apprehended by the NYDP on charges of fatally shooting an aspiring rapper in the Bronx. The victim's mother, Renee Nelson, believes that jealousy stemming from her son's promising music career led to the tragic incident.

Carlos Veras, aged 19, was taken into custody and now faces charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon. On the night of May 31, Veras, accompanied by two accomplices, approached Antione Strong on College Avenue near E. 170th Street and shot him in the abdomen at approximately 9:55 p.m., as reported by the police.

Emergency medical services promptly transported Strong to Lincoln Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Although Strong had been pursuing rap since the age of 11, it was only this year that his musical journey began to gain momentum, thanks to his collaboration with a music producer. However, his mother reveals that his lyrics often romanticized street life and the very gun violence that ultimately claimed his own life.

"He attracted support through his endorsement of gun violence, which unfortunately sells in today's society," Nelson lamented, expressing concern about the mindset prevalent among the younger generation. "This generation is immersed in a distressing culture."

In the wake of this tragic loss, Strong's mother finds solace in the presence of his two older brothers and younger sister, who have been instrumental in helping her cope with the devastating grief of losing a child.

"I'm able to find some comfort in the fact that he had his siblings," Nelson shared. "I simply want the perpetrator to comprehend the immense pain he has inflicted upon our entire family."

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