What is going on?! The hip-hop community has lost yet another one of its members.
Popular ATL strip club DJ, DJ Nando (born William Fernando Barnes), 38, was shot in the head and killed last night outside of his home. Details are still emerging, as Clayton County Police have not released any information on the incident and are currently searching for suspects.
Barnes’ neighbor, Cindy Copeland, gave her account of what she heard to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I heard a loud bang around 3:30am. I thought the power went out, so I checked my clock and that wasn’t it. But what grabbed my attention about 4 o’clock was a hysterical woman, on her phone, walking up and down the street, yelling, ‘my baby, my baby.’ After listening to her, I realized, there’s five or six police cars out here, and that’s when I started realizing something very serious has happened down our street here,” Copeland explained.
Twitter responses from Jermaine Dupri, Russell Simmons and others immdialey followed shotlry afer news broke. “Prayers to DJ Nando's friends + family. Very sad to hear this news,” Simmons wrote. “RIP MY BROTHER DJ NANDO: I REALLY HATE THAT IM POSTING THIS, MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY”, Dupri tweeted. Rico Love said “Rest In Peace @djnando404 . I pray that your soul was right with the LORD.
DJ Nando was featured at many of the most well-known clubs in Atlanta, like Club Onyx and Magic City. He also worked with some of the top rappers in the industry, and was a member of an Atlanta based DJ partnership known as the “Coalition DJs,” an Atlanta-based group which helps young up and coming hip hop artist get known. As official press relse from ther Coalition DJs states:
"Today we've lost not only a great talent and DJ, but our friend and brother. Nando had a great ear for talent and was highly respected within the DJ community and the music industry at large. DJ Nando played a huge role in the success of Atlanta's thriving music scene, and was a constant "go to" for labels and artists trying to get their music to the masses. We're not engaging in speculation, as we await the final reports from authorities, and ask that you join us in honoring his memory by doing the same. In the coming days we ask for your continued prayers for DJ Nando's family, friends, his business partner AB and our organization as we work to process this senseless tragedy."