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Rapper turns himself in to face murder charge

Cassidy allegedly involved in a shooting that killed a man
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rapper Cassidy turned himself in to authorities Friday in connection with a shooting that killed one man and injured two others.

Cassidy (real name: Barry Reese) faces charges of murder, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, weapons offenses and related counts, police spokesman Jim Pauley said.

Police allege that Cassidy, 22, was one of three men who riddled a car with bullets from assault weapons and handguns as the parked vehicle sat in a driveway April 15 in the rapper’s neighborhood.

One of the men in the car, Desmond Hawkins, 22, was killed. The other two men inside, Daniel Irvin, 22, and Bobby Hoyle, 21, were seriously injured. Police said the victims were unarmed and the motive for the shooting was unclear.

Cassidy’s lawyer, Michael Giampietro, did not return a call seeking comment. In Friday’s editions of the Philadelphia Daily News, he said the allegations are untrue.

The up-and-coming rapper’s new CD, “I’m a Hustla,” will be released June 28. The title track recently hit No. 5 on the Billboard rap chart. His debut CD, “Split Personality,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and spawned the top 10 single “Hotel” featuring R. Kelly.