By: Eboni Walker
Music mogul Master P. announced that he is be paying the funeral cost for a 13-year-old boy who was killed days before Christmas.
Lousiville native, Ki’Anthony Tyus was killed in a car crash which was involved in a high-speed police chase.
Tyus was a passenger of a Lexus SUV which was reported stolen. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole while in a police pursuit.
According to USA Today, Louisville activist Christopher 2X shared the news with Master P., and he immediately decided to do something.
Master P. took to Instagram to announce his good deed. He posted a photo of him alongside Tyus and wrote: “I know I’m not God and I can’t save the world. I realized a lot of these adults are not going to listen. The real reason I leave my mansion to keep coming back to the hood is to educate and try to save the next generation. Maybe a lot of us didn’t get what we wanted for Christmas, but we should be thankful we are alive. My 13-year-old lil soldier didn’t make it. He got shot two years ago and got killed a few days ago. We need to stop this black on black crime. Rip Ki’Anthony Tyus. #WeAllWeGot Just know that every decision comes with consequences and no one is too young to die. My prayers go out to his family. Could’ve been the next Lebron James.”
Master P. first met Tyus when he was nine years old and recovering from getting shot in the leg by a stray bullet while playing basketball.
The incident occurred in 2015 and Tyus immediately decided to work with community activist and other gunshot survivors to end gun violence.
While the young boy began a positive influence in the community, Christopher 2X said he still struggled with his surroundings.
“He struggled,” Christopher 2X said. “But he never struggled in a way that he wanted to be violent or in a way that he wanted to hurt people. Even on his bad days, you didn’t want to give up on him because you could see some hope and inspiration in him. And on his good days, he inspired you so much with his infectious smile and his magnetic pull towards service for others. We never got to see the best of him moving forward.”
In another Instagram post on Saturday, Master P. paid tribute to Tyus again. “We should have been preparing this kid for college, not a funeral,” the music mogul wrote. “We lost a good one but we will continue to fight.”
Master P. reportedly moved to Louisville after his family relocated from New Orleans, following Hurricane Katrina.
He has been an active member of the black community for many years now, to help better the lives of children living in harsh environments.
“My ‘Save The Kids Team Hope’ program has been in the communities for over 20 years,” he wrote on Instagram. “My celebrity friends keep asking me why do I always go back to the hood. [But it’s] because I was once like these kids. These kids are innocent; they just need education, love, and guidance. My focus is on helping the kids.”
Master P. has tried to bring awareness to the harsh surrounding of children in bad neighbors in many different aspects.
USA Today reported, he put together a documentary that was filmed in Lousiville and focused on the “effects of violence, incarceration, and poverty in the African-American community.”
This act of kindness from Master P. is nothing new. In 2014, he covered the funeral cost of a 12-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Louisville.
Last year, he met with Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis and JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio to bring awareness to the importance of early childhood education.
According to Christopher 2X, no one in Tyus’ family knows why he was inside of the stolen car that day.
A memorial for Tyus was held on Sunday where people of the community came together to mourn his death.
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Source: USA Today