ATLANTA - The people closest to Shawty Lo are speaking out for the first time following the rapper's sudden death.
"It's a sad day for the city," V-103 morning show host Ryan Cameron told 11Alive's Erin Calandra Wednesday morning. "He has a lot of great memories and people will definitely remember his acumen as well as what he did for the community. Before he was famous he was always giving back."
Shawty Lo, born Carlos Walker, was killed in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning around 2:30 a.m. Police said his 2016 Audi rolled over while on the ramp to Cascade Road coming from I-285 southbound. The car crashed through a highway guardrail and hit two trees. Walker was ejected from the vehicle, which then caught fire.
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The rapper was best known for his singles "Dey Know," "Dunn Dunn" and "Foolish," all of which appeared in his debut album Units in the City.
Walker also helped form the Atlanta-based D4L back in 2003 with fellow rappers Fabo, Mook-B and Stoney.
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"It feels like a dream," D4L manager Johnnie Cabbell said. "But we just want to be here to support. We want to be here for the kids and just be here for everybody who supported Shawty Lo.
Walker grew up in Bowen Homes, an Atlanta public housing development.
"He definitely had a lot of love for everyone out here. He was real. Very authentic. Wasn’t nothing fake about Shawty Lo."
As his music career grew, so did his family. He was the father of 11 children.
Funeral services are pending.
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