Labranche drove to a car wash on NW 54th Street near 8th Ave. around 8 p.m. last night with his two young kids inside his SUV, the Miami Herald reports.
A few minutes later, gunshots sounded and a black man in his twenties wearing all black was seen sprinting away from the scene. Police arrived moments later to find Labranche dead in the car wash, surrounded by emotional family members who had been nearby when the shooting broke out.
"This is someone who was definitely loved in the community," Det. Willie Moreno tells the Herald.
Labranche was born and raised in Liberty City, according to his online bio, and endured a childhood of poverty and crime.
"Miami was a very tough place during those times, especially as a child. I knew what it felt like to eat out of the trash," he wrote on his Myspace page.
As a teen, Labranche says he repeatedly ended up in juvenile detention and jail and survived by embracing Miami's music, from 2LiveCrew to Gloria Estefan.
He started rapping as Bizzle in 2000, founding his own label, Chowtime Entertainment, and released his most popular song, "Lip Biting Animal," in 2006.
Here's Bizzle performing the song for a Miami Beach High crowd:
Anyone with tips about Labranche's murder should call homicide detectives at 305-603-6350 or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, Moreno says.
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