Man charged with killing Chicago rapper Tray Savage after identified in video of shooting

Savage, whose real name was Kentray Young, was an associate of rapper Chief Keef.

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A man died after being shot and crashing a car June 19, 2020, in the 8100 block of South Evans Avenue.

Tray Savage died after being shot and crashing a car June 19, 2020, in the 8100 block of South Evans Avenue.

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A man has been charged with last year’s killing of Tray Savage, a rapper signed to Chief Keef’s record label, after he was extradited to Chicago from Texas.

Investigators identified Demitri Jackson as the gunman from surveillance video that shows him walking with a distinctive limp before and after killing Savage, whose real name was Kentray Young, Cook County prosecutors said in a court document.

Prosecutors didn’t offer a motive for the June 19 shooting, saying only the two were affiliated with the same gang faction and spoke briefly 15 minutes before the shooting in the 8100 block of South Evans Avenue.

Jackson, 20, returned in a car, got out and interacted again with Young, 26, as he sat in another car with his girlfriend, prosecutors said. Jackson went back to his car and moved it into the middle of the street, blocking Young’s car. He then stepped out and started shooting, prosecutors said.

Young, struck in the neck and shoulder, crashed into a parked car, prosecutors said. He died at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Jackson sped off down an alley in a white Mazda, which police found the next day burning in an alley near 84th Place and Ellis, prosecutors said.

Police had several previous run-ins with Jackson, including a shooting in 2018 that wounded Jackson in the ankle, leaving him with a distinctive limp, prosecutors said.

Video from a convenience store before the shooting shows Jackson’s face uncovered while he enters the white Mazda, prosecutors said. Other surveillance video shows the killing, as well as Jackson driving to 84th and Ellis and walking with a limp in distinctive clothing, prosecutors said.

Members of the Chicago Police Department who knew Jackson identified him from the surveillance photos, which also showed a “unique skin imperfection” on Jackson’s shoulder, prosecutors said.

Jackson was arrested April 23 in Fort Worth, Texas, prosecutors said. He was ordered held Sunday without bail on a count of first-degree murder.

Young was an associate of rapper Chief Keef and part of Keef’s Glo Gang collection of recording artists. He was known for his 2013 collaboration with Keef, “Chiefin Keef.”

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