Sitting in a car with two unidentified men near NW 152nd Street and Sixth Avenue in the parking lot of an apartment complex, Kenneth "Nu Money" Casilla was murdered.
According to Miami-Dade Police Department (via NY1), the Brooklyn-bred, Miami-based rapper and Rich Mafia crew member was shot and killed at approximately 9:30 p.m. last Saturday night. No one else in the vehicle was injured.
"They took my son. Why?" Casillas' mother, Yvette, told NY1 on the night of her son's murder. "What did my son do to them to kill him like that? He was 20 years old."
After dabbling in rap and independently releasing tracks like "Oww Oww" while still living in Brooklyn, Casilla moved to Miami, his mom says, to get serious about his hip-hop career.
"From little, he was talented," she told NY1. "He would dance, rap, play ball."
Eventually, Nu Money hooked up with Rich Mafia's JayRich and Big Bz in the MIA. He dropped collabo cuts like "Ballin." He freestyled on "Soft" and "OJ." He smoked up for the camera. He made it rain at the strip club. And he starred in YouTube vids like "Rich Mafia TV Episode 2" rolling fatties and getting pulled over by the cops.
But while Casilla rhymed about being "strapped up like Rambo" and "bad bitch[es] ... [who] swallow everything," he was also a loving son. And he was engaged to girlfriend, Ashana Cummings.
"I never would have ever expected him to be killed," Cummings said, adding, "I wish he would have learned how to trust less and stop befriending everybody, because that's what put him in the situation he's in now."
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old victim's mother remains suspicious of those unnamed and uninjured associates in that vehicle with her son at the time of his death.
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"He was in a car with somebody he knows and another guy in the back," she pointed out, "and my son gets shot and nobody else gets shot."
"He wasn't involved in anything," Yvette Casilla said. "But jealousy, yeah."
Call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.