Fla. Rapper Julio Foolio Shot and Killed on His 26th Birthday, Attorney Says

"His journey was marked by resilience and a deep-seated desire to strive for greatness," the late rapper's attorney wrote

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Julio Foolio/Instagram

rapper Julio Foolio

A Florida rapper was shot and killed over the weekend while celebrating his 26th birthday, his lawyer said.

On Sunday, June 23, Julio Foolio, whose real name is Charles Jones, was pronounced dead after reportedly being “ambushed” in a Holiday Inn parking lot, his lawyer Lewis Fusco, said in a statement obtained by local news outlet First Coast News. The artist rented an Airbnb for a pool party earlier in the day but was later asked to leave "due to exceeding occupancy limits," Fusco said.

The Tampa Police Department received 911 calls at approximately 4:40 a.m. local time on Sunday about a shooting at 11606 McKinley Drive, police said in a press release.

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Responding officers found "two vehicles that had been shot at," and four people were injured in the shooting, police said.

Three people were in stable condition, and one person was declared deceased. Tampa police did not identify the individual who died, adding that, "Positive identification is pending confirmation from the Medical Examiner's Office." PEOPLE reached out to the Tampa Police Department for comment.

Although police said the victim's identity was "pending confirmation from the Medical Examiner's Office," Jones' attorney confirmed that the rapper had died after the shooting in statements to First Coast News and the New York Times.

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"Mr. Jones had been in Tampa to celebrate his birthday over the weekend. Law enforcement reports indicate that he initially stayed at an Airbnb but was asked to leave due to exceeding occupancy limits. He subsequently relocated to the Holiday Inn, where he was involved in an incident in the hotel parking lot and reportedly ambushed,” Fusco said, per First Coast News.

<p>Julio Foolio/Instagram</p> rapper Julio Foolio

Julio Foolio/Instagram

rapper Julio Foolio

In an Instagram Stories post on Sunday, Fusco offered his condolences, adding that the rapper was often misunderstood.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Foolio,” Fusco wrote. “While most people knew him as the controversial rapper and entertainer, I was fortunate enough to know Charles Jones, the man beyond the public persona.”

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Julio Foolio/Instagram

rapper Julio Foolio

“He was a kid who grew up in challenging circumstances, determined to defy the odds by any means possible and succeed in all that he did. His journey was marked by resilience and a deep-seated desire to strive for greatness,” he said.

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Fusco referred to Jones as “someone I deeply respected for his authenticity and I considered a friend.”

In one of his final social media posts, Jones tweeted on Friday, June 21, “God thank you for allowing me to see another Year & To celebrate another birthday. Appreciate all the birthday wishes so far.”

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In the days leading up to the fatal shooting, Jones advertised his then-upcoming birthday plans to his 1.1 million Instagram followers.

“Tampa Florida my air bnb pool party June 21st (DM ME FOR ADDRESS) and my official birthday party June 22nd at club Teasers,” he wrote in a June 14 post, adding the address to the second venue.

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