The murdered rapper’s mother whose embalmed body lay in a bar at Washington DC’s Bliss nightclub said she was ‘happy with how she got her son back’ after the funeral sparked outrage over the social networks.
On Sunday, a large crowd gathered at the nightclub where the embalmed body of dead rapper Goonew was wedged at his memorial.
Markelle Morrow, who rapped under the stage name Goonew, was shot dead in a suspected robbery in the District Heights parking lot on March 18. He was 24 years old.
The event was called an at-home celebration and billed as ‘Goonew The Final Show’ on flyers, the celebrity news site shadow room reported. A person who attended confirmed to the website that there was a $40 (£30.47) cover charge to enter the venue that day.
Video footage and photos shared on Twitter left several people appalled. It reportedly showed the slain rapper’s body ensconced on stage in the nightclub as mourners danced around him.
The hip-hop corpse wore an Amiri brand hoodie, ripped jeans and sneakers, and was accessorized with a crown on his head and a watch.
Although the footage caused a stir on social media, the family told broadcaster WTTG that they took part in the celebration and that Goonew wouldn’t have wanted people to be sad.
“For all the negatives, people probably don’t even know anything about us,” her mother Patrice Morrow said. “They have no idea. People just say what they want to say and that’s fine. That’s perfectly fine. I’m happy with the way I got my son back. I want people to tell me. just leave to cry in peace.
Earlier, Bliss nightclub issued an apology following social media outrage.
“Our deepest condolences to Goonew’s family, friends and fans,” Bliss wrote in a statement shared on Instagram. “Bliss was approached by a local funeral home to rent our hall for Goonew’s homecoming celebration.”
“Bliss was never made aware of what would happen. We sincerely apologize to anyone who may be upset or offended,” the site said. “Please keep Goonew’s family and friends in your prayers. in these difficult times.”
Several users on social media were in disbelief and said it was “disrespectful” that the body was propped up in a nightclub.
“No way mama goonew would approve of this sad disrespectful stuff,” said a fan with the username AllHailTiffany.
“I don’t know who rapper #Goonew was. The fact that y’all had his corpse propped up in a club is very disrespectful and weird. Rapper or not, you just lost my words. Funeral/Club Viewing with his body propped up on stage y’all need help mf,” another said.
However, the rapper’s sister said, “We don’t care about anyone and what you have to say that’s negative. Person. We don’t care. They’re like, I know his mom wouldn’t approve of that. Yeah, she did, she was on stage with us.
The Prince George’s County Police Department is still investigating the rapper’s death and has offered a $25,000 reward for information that would lead to the suspect’s arrest.