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Rapper Big L, real name Lamont Coleman, was on his way to making it big when he was shot to death on February 19, 1999.
The 24-year old was a part of the Diggin' in the Crates crew that included Lord Finesse, Diamond D, O.C., Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz and A.G., as well as one of the members of Children of the Corn with Cam'Ron and Mase.
In addition. he was a well respected solo artist, having released his debut album titled "Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous" in 1995. "M.V.P." and "Put It On" are two classic songs off of that project.
17 years after Big L's untimely passing the man suspected of taking his life has been murdered.
DNAInfo New York reports that 46-year old Gerard Woodley was fatally shot in the head in Harlem Thursday, June 23.
According to the report, Woodley and Big L were childhood friends. The two fell out because of a beef that had something to do with L being part of a crew that robbed drug dealers.
Woodley allegedly killed the rapper by shooting him 9 times in the face and chest.
Police arrested Woodley for the crime, but the case fell apart due to lack of evidence.
Woodley had a long rap sheet. He was released from prison in 2015 after serving four years on weapons charges. He was also a suspect in four additional homicides.
"He did a lot of bad things and someone decided it was time to go," a source said.