Hundreds mourn slain rapper Proof

By noon Tuesday hundreds of mourners had already walked down the aisle of Fellowship Chapel to get a glimpse of the rapper Proof, who was killed last week in a shooting at an after-hours nightclub.

The rapper, legal name Deshaun Holton, was in a gold-toned open casket, dressed in brown-and-tan athletic wear and his signature Kangol cap — the same kind of outfit he’d wear in music videos or around town. A No. 1 Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons jersey, autographed by several players, was draped over his body.

He was surrounded by a huge collection of floral arrangements, including some sent by Geffen Records and Interscope Records, the latter label being the home of rap group D12, which included Proof and best pal Eminem as members.

Detroit Police were a heavy presence inside and outside the church, with about a dozen cops, plus other private security, in the vicinity. Police had said the security was necessary because of Proof’s fame.

A mixture of old and young, white and black — some in T-shirts with Proof’s likeness airbrushed on them, some in three-piece suits — congregated outside the church on Detroit’s west side, giving hugs, breaking down and consoling each other after viewing their friend, family member or favorite rapper.

“It doesn’t seem real, said Marvwon of the Detroit rap group Fat Killahz. “He was Superman. How do you kill Superman?”

The viewing was scheduled to run through 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the same church.

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  1. What up Isa … hope you’ve been alright. It’s good to know that Proof gotta lot of love from the city which I knew he would. They had a tribute to him going on over the weekend on the radio … it was nice to hear lots of local rappers saying good shit about him. It’s fucked up cause I also heard a lot of stupid, ignorant shit by people in the public … shit so stupid I won’t even repeat it. Muthafuckas and they opinions piss me off but you know around here people gonna have their say. I heard lots of stories about what went down. I certainly think my mans who turned himself in should be charged for all that other shit plus murder. He probably did do that shit in order to save his ass, knowing Proof got hundreds of niggas ridin’ for him. If what they say is true … my mans pulled his gun and Proof shot him first … then he handled his … I would’ve done the same. Isa you’ve never even been here but you know just like I know … it’s kill or be killed. Fucked up but it’s the city I live in. Sorry for gettin’ all ghetto on your blog but this whole incident has still got me trippin’. Keep doin’ ya thang and keepin’ us informed on the hip hop world my friend. Long Live The PROOF!!

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