Relatives of the sole adult suspect awaiting trial in the murder of Pop Smoke are hoping to speak with the slain rapperís family.
According to the New York Daily News, the family of Corey Walker, 20Ėone of four defendants named in the murder of Pop SmokeĖwants to speak to Pop Smokeís parents privately to convey their sympathy and heartbreak.
ďThe Walker family has asked me to contact the victimís family so that they might speak privately. I hope to reach out to the family soon,Ē said Walkerís defense lawyer, Christopher Darden.
Pop Smokeís mother, a teacher with the New York City Department of Education, was undecided on how she would respond to such a request.
ďThis is new information to me. Iíll have to learn more,Ē Audrey Jackson said Thursday. ďIím working on a lesson plan right now. That is my focus. I really canít say.Ē
Darden said he understood ďhow uncomfortable such a conversation might beĒ for Pop Smokeís parents. ďThey might need time,Ē he said. ďI will also understand if [his mom] is not inclined to have that conversation. Everything we have done and said has been done and said while keeping in mind the great respect we have for the victim and the victimís family.Ē
Walkerís rearraignment in the murder case has been postponed until July 6. During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors claimed Walker scouted Pop Smokeís house prior to the deadly robbery and knew his co-defendants planned to rob the rapper at gunpoint to obtain items they saw on Instagram including a gold link chain and diamond-studded Rolex, which the defendants allegedly resold for $2,000.
While Walker might have been the driver that night, Darden said he never entered the house. ďMy client did not kill anyone. Nor did he conspire to commit murder,Ē he said.
A 15-year-old gunman, the youngest of the four defendants, is accused of firing shots that killed Pop Smoke during the home invasion robbery at his rented Hollywood Hills mansion on Feb. 19, 2020. He allegedly admitted to shooting the rapper during a recorded interview with a cellmate.