Family, friends, fans celebrate life of rapper Young Greatness

Updated: Oct. 30, 2018 at 9:16 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Theodore Jones, better known as rapper Young Greatness, was shot and killed early Monday morning on Elysian Fields. Loved ones chose to celebrate his life Tuesday night (Oct. 30).

Around 100 people gathered to release balloons in his memory, calling for peace and remembering the life of their friend, family member and role model.

His friends and family never dreamed the life of the man they knew as Teddy would end so soon, wearing shirts with teddy bears and his face in his memory.

“He was a very talented young man. He was ambitious, strong-willed very determined. A family guy - loved his family,” said his aunt, Wendy Petty.

Police said Jones was shot and killed early Monday morning, found face-down with a bullet in his back. The shooter is still on the loose. Petty said his dream was music, and he lived that dream, recording the hit song “Moolah.” She fears whoever decided to take his life did so for selfish and personal reasons.

“I think by him being this talented artist that he was trying to become successful, I think there was enough for everyone to go around. So you took him from us. Someone took him from us,” said Petty. “You can’t take what was already there. You couldn’t take what he’s already accomplished. You can’t take that, so it’s just heartbreaking.”

At sundown, a group of friends, family, supporters and fans all gathered on the neutral ground with bunches of balloons to celebrate his life. Pastors prayed and sang in his memory. Jones' mother, who is still in Atlanta, was able to view the memorial via Facetime, with many calling for peace in the name of a man who brought them so much peace and happiness.

Jones leaves behind two children, and his family says funeral plans are incomplete at this point.

NOPD also released pictures of a person of interest they want to question. They’re encouraging anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

Friends and family said one of the greatest things Teddy Jones did was mentor others. They said when he made it as a music artist, he chose to give back to his community.

“He has personally mentored kids through conversation, giving them encouragement and motivation about just working hard, talking about school and how it all will tie into the music industry for those kids,” said Nall Lewis.

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