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Chief Keef’s 19-Year-Old Stepbrother Gunned Down On Chicago’s South Side [PHOTOS]


Over the last several months, Chief Keef  has been inadvertently drawn into Chicago’s excessive gun violence epidemic, and sadly one of his sibling has become a victim. Ulysses “Chris” Gissendanner III was shot in the back of the head last week, while on the city’s South Side.

Gissendanner, 19,  lived in the suburbs and aspired to follow in the rap footsteps of  his younger stepbrother. The two became siblings after Keef’s father – Alfonso Cozart—married Gissendanner’s mother— Aridecy Tate—but his link to the teen rapper is not believed to have been a motive in the killing.

Cozart said that even if the fatal shooting wasn’t meant as a form of retaliation against the family, he fears for his son’s safety. “As a caring father, who wouldn’t worry about that? I do want my son to have success and have a long, positive life, and I hope the best for him.” He also made it clear that he’s not trying to cash in on his offspring’s fame, and is more concerned with Gissendanner’s death. “He just graduated high school, and was in college and had a job. He was a positive person. I’m not trying to get publicity off Chief Keef being my son, I want to focus on Ulysses. He’s the one that’s gone.”

Tate, who lives in Arkansas, headed back to Chicago to identify her son, and visited the location where he lost his life. “Somebody shot my son in the back of his head, and now he’s dead,” she said. “I wanted to see where my son passed.”

In trying to get his feet wet in the rap game, Gissendanner rhymed under the name “YPN Boomtown” and is said to have had a different style than his stepbrother. “He rapped about struggling and what he was going to do,” noted his friend and manager, Tommy Rice. “He was going to make it big. We were going to make it big,”

As Keef’s star continues to rise, the teenager routinely finds himself in legal fire. In addition to being investigated in the shooting death of rival Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, he was in fear of going back to jail for violating his probation by moving and not informing authorities. Last week a judge found him innocent of wrongdoing for relocating.  According to his lawyer, Keef has no relationship with his father, wasn’t “friendly” with Gissendanner, and had “nothing to do with the kid.” He has not yet spoken on his stepbrother’s death and was criticized for his silence on Gissendanner’s Twitter page.

Click below to see photos of Gissendanner with his family, the location where he was killed, and images from his Facebook page.

Photos: Mark Konkol/Facebook/Chicago Tribune

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  • It’s like the Wild Wild West in Chicago#Peopleweneed2dobetter



    • B-low me

      Good “logic”, likethis one,too(?): “if Satan casts out himself,how will His Kingdumb STAND? “

    • mark carroll

      The”Illumanati” are men of wealth and power and would have no connection in the death of someone so insignificant

    • Dchi

      Shut up

  • I love the names especially his mamma, but how do these people keep track of their family (roots) trees?

    • B-low Me

      WE are THE people !! Old BOY!!

  • Nice, another criminal down. Warms my heart, keep up the TNB there boyz

  • B-low me


  • B-low me

    Makes you wanna Hollar

  • painfultruth

    So Ulysses was in college, had a job and was not suspected of the type of murderous crimes Keef’s suspect in. hum. Then Keef’s lawyer says he has nothing to do with his father and refers to his step-brother as “the kid” like he is nothing to him. I guess the fame and money has gone to his head and hardened his heart. Sad really sad. Maybe the wrong brother lost his life. Im not hater but that comment speaks volumes about his character. It is really such a waste that these young black men just keep killing each other. All the progress made by M.L KING and others for freedoms and rights and now they are their worst enemies. They shed their own peoples blood more than any racist or extremist. I just do

    • informed

      They say m.l king had a white woman.

  • mark carroll

    Another example of the punks eating their own.

  • anonymous

    Strictest gun control at its finest. Way to go Chicago! !!

  • Mentallect

    If a parent can move their children out if Chicago, but does not…is that child neglect?

  • What u know is truth

    Where is “Shotgun Joe” when you need him? If that poor fella woulda just ran outside and fired “two blasts” from his double barrel shotgun….this never would have happened. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, DC, LA, Oakland. Anybody see the common denominator here? “He just went full retarded”

  • c.c.

    People stop guns don’t kill people do and guess what if someone wants someone dead gun or not they will find a way black people wake up im so tired of this take a lesson from the italians,Russian, latinos,chinese yes they have their power fights but come the end of the day they stick together im black and live among puerto ricsns and they have my back more than my own

  • tieshataylor

    i love chief keef inboxs me on yahoo an ummmm fmoig loveee_____me an kik; me at dope0036 thanks an good bye love me some chief keef