Big L was shot and killed on February 15, 1999, ending the talented MC’s life and career at just 24-years-old. Yesterday (June 23), Gerard Woodley, the man who many believe murdered the “Ebonics” rapper, was gunned down in Harlem.
Reports DNA Info New York:
Gerard Woodley, 46, who is suspected in four other homicides, was in front of 106 W. 139th St., near Lenox Avenue, about 11:17 p.m., when someone shot him in the head, NYPD officials said.
Woodley, who lived at the West 139th Street building, was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital, police said.
There were no immediate arrests and police didn’t release a description of the suspect.
Woodley has a long history of violent crimes and was released from prison in September 2015 after serving four years on a weapons charge unrelated to the rapper’s death, officials said.
“He did a lot of bad things and someone decided it was time to go,” the source added.
Although Woodley was the main suspect in Big L’s death, and arrested, he was eventually released due to the DA not believing there was enough evidence to get a conviction. Reportedly, there were not enough cooperating witnesses while Woodley was already being watched by the Feds for drug trafficking.
Woodley and Big L were childhood friends, but the rumors were the shooting was over something the rapper’s at the time incarcerated older brother was involved in. DNA Info sources also speculate that Big L was involved in a hustle that involved setting up drug dealers to be robbed.
Woodley had reportedly been released on parole in September 2015.
Big L rest in peace.
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