It ain't safe.
Hip-hop and the media industry lost a good one this week. May 30 now marks the day that YouTube star and “hood journalist” Zack TV, née Zachery Stoner, was murdered.
Nothing concrete has been released, but there are whispers that the murder happened in retaliation for Chicago native Kenneka Jenkin’s death. (For those who don’t remember, Jenkins was the 19-year-old female whose body was found in the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel’s freezer back in 2017. While no one accused Stoner of committing the crime, some think his connections to it led him to lose his life.)
Regardless, fans and natives are in mourning as local authorities search for the culprit. Acting as a major break through, a video has surfaced showing Stoner and his killers on the street.
Keep scrolling to see the footage.
On May 30 MTO News reported that “hood journalist” Zack TV had been murdered in Chicago. Born Zachary Stoner, the 30-year-old was shot in the head and neck while driving before hitting a light post.
After being taken from his silver Jeep, Stoner was brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about three hours later.
If Niggas Really Killed ZackTV Extra Real Humble & Stand Up Ass, You Not Catching Me In Chicago Like That No More Fr Cus That Man Literally Did Nothing But Put Chicago Artists In The Spotlight, Encourage The City To Do Better & Stay Tf Out The Way 🅿️ Aint No Love In Chicago TBH
— Ya Manz (@JuiceGawd_Zavo) May 30, 2018
R.I.P ZACK TV 🗣😫 YALL OC IN THIS CITY MAN I SWEAR
— Lil Poppy (@LilPoppy_Ybc) May 30, 2018
Initial reports said Stoner was driving from an interview with Chi-town artists when he was killed. Later stories confirmed he was doing interviews at a rap show held at club Refuge.
My Brothers Keeper rapper Lil Mister confirmed the news, hopping on Instagram Live to offer his condolences.
“He was a real hunnid,” Mister said. “He ain’t give no n***as location up, none of that s**t. S**t 100.” He added, “Wow. S**t sad. Bullets ain’t got no name.”
Stoner leaves behind his YouTube channel, zacktv1 — which has 176,146 subscribers. Producing videos that earned millions of views, Stoner “was known for coming up with the most IN DEPTH underground interviews in the world.”
Lil Mister encouraged his followers to “keep that s**t going for bro.”
“His spirit still living though. So, guess what? He still gon be here,” he continued before saying that Stoner has now joined a gang of other “fallen soldiers.” “He still lookin’ down on everyone.”
I had to put the this legendary freestyle up on TL… RIP Zack TV, LA Capone and Free 9 🔥🔥💯 pic.twitter.com/eJef2PEXrU
— DreadHead Lou 💯 (@DreadHead_Lou) May 30, 2018
Even G Herbo gave a shot out, warning everyone to “lace [they’re] boots up.”
“This n***a Zack was so official NBS,” he said. “I used to get mad @ him! Cuz he don’t care who you are or where you from, he give everybody a chance to have the spot light.. as he should’ve.”
After saying that “showing love is a dangerous game in Chicago” and that “it come with consequences,” he added that “the whole city know don’t no dude like Zack deserve this.”
“Love live @zacktv1 we don’t say RIP,” he concluded.
Via Fox32 Chicago:
Stoner was driving about 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of South Clark Street when another vehicle drove up and someone inside fired shots. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
A Chevy Caprice was also involved in the crash. Witnesses say a group of people jumped out of the Caprice and got into a third car that drove off.
The third car was possibly gold or tan.There is no word on any other injuries.
No one has been arrested.
Im So Sick of this City thats Why i Never Stay In Dis Hell Hole. 💯 Zack Tv You know what You did for the City Bro You Know the Talks we Had I seen u Last Night So Ima cherish dat Handshake u gave Me after i Performed 🙌🏾 Rest Up Bro 🤯 Your soul was So Pure @TheRealZacktv1 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/GRL0ONYhXy
— Swagg Dinero (@SwaggDinero) May 30, 2018
As police search for the party responsible, new evidence has surfaced to help out. A video from an unknown source shows Stoner’s crash and the blogger’s murderers.