A 17-year-old Chicago rapper has been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of a livery driver in Wentworth Gardens last month.
Clint Massey, who performs as “RondoNumbaNine,” was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail Sunday at Cook County Bond Court.
Massey, of the 6600 block of South Honore Street in the West Englewood neighborhood, was one of two gunmen who fatally shot Javan Boyd early on Feb. 22, according to court records and Assistant State's Attorney Robert Mack.
Massey and an unnamed co-offender drove to the 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue around 4 a.m. that day, looking to retaliate against an unidentified individual for an earlier altercation, Mack said.
Boyd, 28, who worked for a South Side dispatch service, was sitting in his car waiting for a passenger when Massey and the co-offender approached the passenger side door, Mack said.
Witnesses saw Massey and the co-offender shoot into the vehicle with handguns, according to Mack.
A portion of the incident was captured on video, Mack said, and Massey's fingerprint was found on Boyd’s car.
Boyd was shot seven times, Mack said.
He was taken to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
YouTube videos under Massey's “RondoNumbaNine” stage name include “Life of a Savage,” with more than 420,000 views, and “Shooters,” which has been viewed more than half a million times.
Boyd’s family members declined to comment Sunday on Massey’s arrest and charges, but some family last month described Boyd as a “good boy” who was trying to make a living to support his fiancee and 11-year-old daughter.
“He was a good child,” said his aunt Trina Boyd, who became Javan Boyd’s guardian in 1994 after his mother and three younger siblings were killed in a fire at the Robert Taylor Homes housing development.
“He didn’t have no enemies that I know of,” Trina Boyd said in February. “He was my baby.”