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North Miami Rapper Short Kidd and Photographer Justin McAdam Killed in Shooting

At 1:35 this morning two North Miami men, 22-year-old Kenson Pierre and 31-year-old Justin McAdam, were killed in a double shooting in front of a home on NE 133rd Street, according to North Miami police.

Pierre was an emerging local rapper known as Short Kidd; McAdam was a photographer, known as JBlanco, who frequently worked with Pierre.

No details have yet emerged from the double shooting, but Pierre's sister Merlande told NBC6 that an open laptop was found on McAdam's car, leading her to believe the two may have been working on their latest project when they were killed.

"He would always bring somebody's spirit up," Merlande Pierre told the news station. "And we're going to have to deal with that now he's not here anymore."

In one of Short Kidd's most popular YouTube videos, "Ima Vulcha", the young, clean-cut rapper is seen rapping among a crowd on North Miami neighborhood streets. He's wearing a brown polo shirt and frequently flashes a big white smile. Now the page is filled with condolence messages. "r.i.p. short kidd," wrote Lysa Antoine. "north miami all day."

The clip has racked up nearly 100,000 views. In addition to his music videos, Short Kidd had a regular video blog where he'd mug for the camera and riff on everything from Miami weather to his beef with Facebook.

The North Miami Police Department says it is "working diligently" on the investigation and urges anyone with information to come forward.

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