When most people think of the Sunshine State, they think of a retirement Mecca for seniors. Understandably, Florida’s population is made up of a lot more people than just senior citizens. But likewise, Florida isn’t high on most people’s list when they think about violent crime.

In fact, most of Florida’s larger cities are not highly ranked on any national crime list. Tampa, Florida is one of those relatively safer big cities. The “other city by the bay” doesn’t make the U.S. top-100 most dangerous cities list.

But when we discuss big cities, all of them have crime and violence issues. Some are worse than others. When compared to other major U.S. cities, Tampa, Florida, ranks around 25 percent safer. So, while it’s not a “haven for hospitable neighborliness,” Tampa isn’t bad.

However, violent crime has skyrocketed across the United States, even in some of the most serene communities. Violent crimes are rising, with an unprecedented spike in murders. Tampa was the victim of another one of these violent murders.

Rapper Rollie Bands was just beginning a potentially promising career in music. The Tampa rapper has released a half a dozen songs through his YouTube channel. One song, Reminiscin’, has already generated over 30,000 views.

Bands recently released a second popular song, Pusha P/Too Easy. Rollie Bands won’t be producing any more videos. Rollie Bands is dead. He is yet another victim of this senseless surge in violence across America.

So, was Bands involved in some sort of gang-related violence? Was Rollie Bands known to traffic in drugs or hang out with thugs? Neither.

All Bands did was push back against some of his critics. Sure, he called them out.

But this man didn’t deserve to be shot and killed. HipHopDX reported that Bands posted a message on his Instagram account. In response to his critics, he wrote, “A lot of these n***as know where I live at fr. I sleep in peace. If a n***a want smoke, I’m at my crib in 5 minutes.”

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday, outside IQ Apartments in Tampa, unidentified suspects shot Bands dead in his apartment complex parking lot. He was rushed to an area hospital, but his life could not be saved.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office does not believe the shooting was random. A spokesperson for the department issued a brief statement. “At this time, the shooting does not appear random, as the suspects and victim are possibly known to each other.”

Further information in the department’s report said that the suspects fled the scene. No one was sure in what direction they fled. Twitter exploded with sympathy for the victim. One Twitter user posted, “My heart goes out to rapper Rollie Bands in Tampa that was shot and killed.”

Another fan wrote, “Damn, he was actually good.” One comment stated, “Never knew you until the story. Unfortunate you never made it, but at least your killers won’t either.”

We can only hope that justice prevails. No one deserves to be gunned down in cold blood.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200, or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477. This is a tragic crime that cannot go unpunished.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail US

Brittany Slaughter

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  • I am not a fan of rap music, at all, but no one deserves to be shot down like a rabid dog. I hope the killer is caught and brought to justice. We can’t have this kind of society to live in. We must clean it up. I am sure there are those who know this killer. You need to report him. What if it were your son who was killed?

  • Not a rap fan but this is absolutely tragic and should not have happened. I hope the shooters are captured and with this premeditated killing, get the death sentence.

  • Another senseless murder over what? Who has the biggest ego! Now one life is JUST GONE! Another ruined when the perpetrator is caught and convicted! At some point, if he has a soul, the killer will regret this!

  • As with many incidents, there’s something missing from this mix. What was the actual disagreement about? I don’t condone murder, but I also do not condemn without knowing all of the facts. There’s far too much condemnation doled out these days, without all of the underlying facts. One of the primary reasons I left all social media outlets. There’s also too many individuals taunting others on social media, behind a screen and a keyboard.

    • Does it matter a Murder is murder doesn’t matter what caused it, if you can’t deal with people then go home and stay home till you can or get help with your aggression not a gun and murder some one.

  • How can anyone NOT be calling this “win-win”??
    1 dead (C) rapper, and one jailed moron, guess no one ever taught this demographic about sticks and stones.

    • That’s why guns should be legal for all so all the thugs can get killed by other thugs or good people defending themselves. Take a couple of years but we’d be a way safer nation.

  • Two stupid thugs working it out. Everyone, even criminals should be allowed to have guns and carry at all times.
    In about 6 months to 2 years or so, all the thugs would be dead and we’d have peace.

  • Rap Music is an Oxymoron anyway.
    Who cares.

    **And no one want to read your bogus Worksful garbage. Get a life.

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