Teen Charged With Murder for Shooting That Stemmed From Facebook Comments

A teenager accused of shooting a man over disparaging Facebook comments about slain rapper Young Pappy is now facing a murder charge after his victim died last week.

The rapper, whose real name was Shaquon Thomas, was shot early May 29 in Uptown. Four days later, 17-year-old Germel Dossie allegedly shot Clifton Frye over remarks Frye made about the rapper on Facebook, Cook County prosecutors said at Dossie’s initial bond hearing.

Frye, of the 1400 block of West Farwell, was pronounced dead on June 18 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office. He had been pronounced brain dead, but was still technically alive, four days earlier.

In court Tuesday, Judge James Brown ordered Dossie held without bond on an upgraded charge of first-degree murder. He was already being held on a $1 million bond for attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm charges.

Assistant State’s Attorney Akash Vyas didn’t say when or what the 22-year-old Frye had written on Facebook.

But Dossie asked a friend to drive to the Rogers Park neighborhood as an apparent getaway driver on the afternoon of June 1. Dossie accosted Frye while he was walking in the 7600 block on North Ashland Avenue, authorities said.

Dossie’s friend, who had parked near an alley, heard three to four shots and then saw Dossie jump back into the car with a gun following the shooting, Vyas said.

Dossie demanded that his friend drive away and asked to be dropped off near Glenwood and Pratt, Vyas said.

Surveillance video captured an armed Dossie running from an alley towards Frye and firing, Vyas said. The footage also caught the license plate of the car Dossie was in.

Dossie was arrested after police officers saw him get out of an Albany Park apartment and into a car. They followed and arrested him in the 3900 block of West Montrose Avenue.

Dossie is a sophomore at Truman High School, Assistant Public Defender Sandra Bennewitz said in court.

He is also a member of the Insane Cutthroat Gangsters, a faction of the Gangster Disciples, according to his arrest report.

Young Pappy was not signed to a record label, but his song “Killa” and “Fanteo Freestyle,” had thousands of views on YouTube.

The 19-year-old had previously been the intended target in at least two shootings that left bystanders dead before he was killed.

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