BY CHASE DIFELICIANTONIO
Homicide Watch Chicago
Aspiring rapper Willie Buie was also working to become a certified medical assistant to support his newborn child, his mother said.
Buie, 20, was standing in an alley in the 7600 block of South Wallace Street when he was fatally shot about 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
A graduate of Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Buie wanted to be a rapper ever since he was a toddler, said his mother, Octavia Adams.
“We have videos from when he was four or five rapping,” Adams said. “But his rapping doesn’t make him what he rapped about.”
Buie rapped under the moniker “King Gunna,” and in the “Jumpin Like Jordan REMIX” video posted to YouTube he is holding a revolver and drinking from a bottle of Grey Goose vodka.
In spite of the persona Buie presented in the video, Adams insisted her son was not involved in gang activity.
“I’ve always had a good kid, he was not a gang banging kid” Adams said, “He loves music, loves to rap.”
Buie recently became a father and had completed a certification course to become a medical assistant, Adams said. He was completing an externship at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park when he was murdered.
Police said Buie was standing with a group of males in the alley when a gunman approached and opened fire, but Adams said her son was walking back from a local store with a friend when he was shot.
“[His friend] came back saying my son got shot,” Adams said.
Buie, of the 7000 block of South Lowe Avenue, was shot multiple times and died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
“He’s a good kid. Loving. Loved his family, [and] everybody loved him,” Adams said. “He’s an inspiration. … [and] wanted them to do something with their life.”
As news of Buie’s death spread, friends and family took to Twitter to grieve:
He just left my brother to die alone in the cold
— Maríe (@love4buie) February 4, 2014
“I raised my children real well, and I know what my son was getting himself into — and it was not trouble,” Adams said.
No one has been charged for the murder.