The rappers who died were known as 12 O’Clock and Murdock; both were members of the Brooklyn Zu rap crew, according to The Oregonian.
In a statement, Portland Police identified the two men as David Turner, 45, and Odion Turner, 42. The men were cousins.
As reported on Billboard, The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that both men died from gunshot wounds. Police also later confirmed that the deaths were being treated as homicide.
According to reports, the shooting happened at 5:30am on 10 August. Four others were also hurt in the shooting, including one person who remains in hospital in life-threatening injuries, police confirmed yesterday (August 11).
Police investigations into the case are ongoing.
Young Dirty Bastard, the son of the late Wu-Tang legend Ol’ Dirty Bastard, paid tribute to his cousins on Instagram writing: “Rip 12 O’Clock. Rip Murdock. They Were My Father’s Tightest blood bonds. My Two Older cousins Was just assassinated. Love Yalll. Blood Forever. Brooklyn Zu.”
Wu-Tang’s Raekwon was among the people to leave comments expressing their condolences.
Last month (July 28), a Wu-Tang Clan album formerly owned by Martin Shkreliwas sold by the US government as part of his prison deal.
The one-of-a-kind album, entitled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was put up for auction in 2015, with the pharma entrepreneur later revealed as the buyer of the lot, paying $2m (£1.4m).
The US government announced the sale of the album but did not reveal the buyer or the sale price, citing a confidentiality clause, leaving it a mystery as to who now has possession of the piece.
Shkreli, who was convicted of securities fraud in 2017, had total control of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, meaning only he could allow others to listen to it.
He forfeited his rights to the album three years ago upon his criminal conviction.
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