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Suspect Identified in Dolla Murder

5/18/2009 11:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DollaA man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of rapper Dolla -- we've learned he goes by the name Aubrey Berry.

Here's what went down. Sources say after the shooting, the LAPD put out an alert that the suspect may have fled to the Los Angeles International Airport in an attempt to fly out of the city.

LAX police spotted a man who matched the description, sitting in the lobby area of Terminal 1. Cops approached Berry and almost immediately he said he knew why cops were there and then raised his hands and told them he had a 9 millimeter handgun in his waistband.

Berry (we have not confirmed if this is his legal name or an alias) -- a 23-year-old African American male -- was taken into custody.

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61.

mg    

well i hate to see the young man go. hey big props to the LA police....they solve this 1 in a day but they still haven't found who killed Biggie

1796 days ago
62.

REALISH    

DONT SPEAK ON THE TEAR DROP IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS! THE TEAR DROP IS NOT SHADDED IN ...SO THAT MEANS HE HAS SEEN DEATH NOT THAT HE KILLED SOMEONE.... IF IT WAS SHADDED THEN THAT MEANS HE KILLED SOMEONE...........

1796 days ago
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Anonymous    

It has already been stated that there may be 2 meanings of the teardrop symbol. He witnessed his father committing suicide, thus the teardrop symbolizing that. I am a 22-year-old African American female, and while I do agree that living by the sword, you die by the sword, NO ONE here knows exactly WHY he was shot. You all are only SPECULATING it is gang, drugs, or thug related. You DO NOT KNOW. Furthermore, who exactly stated anywhere that he was a "gangster rapper?" Have half of you posting comments listened to any of his raps/songs? Because last I checked, being affiliated with Akon is HARDLY gangster rap. Period point blank.

People stop the ignorance, again we do not know the type of life this young man led, but regardless of that the fact still remains that he was SENSELESSLY M-U-R-D-E-R-E-D. This was not an act of self-defense, it was an act of selfishness. And as stated previously, this could happen to ANYONE. What about the kids and teachers in school being gunned down by these Caucasian boys/men, or how about these Caucasian men gunning down RANDOM people because they were "angry" with their own lives? See how this goes both ways? Just because people are gunned down doesn't men them or the assailant are thugs and gangsters, and just because the person doesn't listen to "gangster rap" does NOT mean that they can't be a thug. Thugs come in all forms, not just black.

Pick up a dictionary and look up the meaning of thug. Thug - a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer. Nowhere in there did it say "some one who raps, listens to rap music, and is a ruffian, robber, or murderer." So before people start spewing ignorance, educate yourself on the situation because like me NONE of us know WHY this man was killed.

Period, point-blank...

1796 days ago
64.

Evy    

Actually, "liberalsarekneegrows" his tear drop is filled in which means he witnessed a loved one being murdered. when he was 5 he witnessed his father committing suicide!
so before you say something rude like that you should check into that thanks.

R.I.P. Dolla =[

1796 days ago
65.

JAZZIE55    

I pray for both familys what was so wrong to take another mans life. Now two more black men gone it is sooooo sad and distrrubing. Why do we have so much hate it our hearts to take a life so easily. My heart is crying

1796 days ago
66.

truth    

THANK YOU ANONYMOUS FOR YOUR TRUTH, YOU HAVE PEOPLE ADDING COMMENTS TO NEWS ABOUT A BLACK MAN THAT THEY HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT AND AS FOR THE SO CALLED PREACHER ( U NO NOT WHAT U SPEAK) JUST BECUSE YOU SEE A BLACK MAN WHO WAS SHOT YOU ALL HAVE FIGURED OUT Y GREAT DETECTIVE WORK CASE SOLVED THERE IS A BIGGER PROBLEM, YES A LIFE WAS LOST AND THAT IS VERY SAD AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY BUT THE BIGGER PICTURE IS THE IGNORANCE THAT CAME FROM IT YOU IDIOTS THAT ARE POSTING STUPIDITY BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK DON'T NO ANYTHING ABOUT HIM OTHER THAN HE WAS A UP AND COMING RAPPER AND YOU PUT BLACK AND RAPPER TOGETHER OH YEAH LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT THE TEARDROP AND WHAT YOU THINK IT SYMBOLIZES , DO SOME HOMEWORK LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURE AND THE RACE SO YOU CAN HAVE SOME TRUTH BEHIND YOUR BLOGS . IT IS UNFORTUNATE FOR ANYONE WHO DOESN'T HOLD LIFE AT VALUE BUT PLEASE PEOPLE LETS NOT ACT LIKE THAT'S ONLY THE BLACK RACE WE DON'T NEED TO START PULLING CARDS ON WHAT RACE DOES WHAT WE WOULD BE HERE ALL DAY........ LEARN TO LIVE YOUR LIFE ....... A GREAT SONG FROM A GREAT RAPPER!

1796 days ago
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Bettyboopbbw69    

Just like if a woman dresses provocatively does not mean she deserves to be raped..... this young man didn't deserve to die because you think his appearance makes him to be a thug. Some of the things we say about each other are so insensitive, THAT is why we have children dying like this. Not because of clothes or what we appear to look like... it is about our personalities, and our souls that are so dirty to the point we dont respect and cherish each other ... not even our lives.

This is not a crime of FASHION... it is about someone feeling they have a right to be judge jury and executioner over a life he did not create and for that he will pay dearly... in this life and the next.

1796 days ago
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Josiah=stupid    

The sentence begins with "A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ---the end is "We've learned he goes by the name of AUBREY BERRY. They aren't saying that DOLLA goes by that name, Maybe u should learn english

1796 days ago
69.

rick    

hey #86, we don't have to speculate why this happened, we know why it happened. Why don't you open your black mind and look at the issue. This country is tired of black on black crime. People are TIRED of walking the streets and being targets for blacks who "own" a playground or some other piece of real estate. people are TIRED of burying innocent victims to drive by shootings. I moved out of California long ago and now that thug attitude is moving into our city. There are too many people sitting back allowing it to happen. The black man has had every opportunity to have a better life and the smart ones take it. The rest sit back and blame the white man for "keeping them down". If a white man had killed this kid Sharpton and the other black racists would be all over it. Why don't you get the black leaders to address the issue as opposed to being the biggest racists on the planet? Wanna know why it happened?? Because he choose a life style that glorifies it and almost demands it. Rap music glorifies violence and degrades women. Why aren't you "proud black women" standing up for yourself?? If I said that stuff to my girlfriend she would be gone. You have no pride and don't discipline these little thugs. Be carefull what you ask for, you just may get it.

1796 days ago
70.

Life    

Roderick Burton was a bright intelligent and good kid/person. He was his mother's only child, and tried not to become a statistic by making something out of his life via music. He supported his family and did the best he could. How many young men out there are bale to fulfill their dreams by trying to do the right thing, he did, and was on his way to manifesting his goals. Rest In Peace, may God be with you and your family.

1796 days ago
71.

MisterHate    

Some posters here need to learn how to read and how to diagram a sentence. They article does not read that Dolla's name was Aubrey Berry, it reads that "A man... he goes by the name of Aubrey Berry". Ahhh, the luxury of being literate.

1796 days ago
72.

Anonymous    

To Rick (if you were referring to me as the 86th comment):

Firstly you DON'T know what happened, you only assumed. Secondly not once did I say anything in regards to black on black crime because it is INDEED running rampant. However to say that all these deaths by drive-by's etc. are by "black thugs," have you read or listened to the new lately? Because correct me if I'm wrong, didn't a WHITE MAN not only murdered his ENTIRE family by cold blood, but he also DROVE BY shooting other INNOCENT people as well. So again, stop making this issue one sided. Blacks aren't the only "thugs" in this country get it straight.

And yes I AM a PROUD, EDUCATED black woman. Am I proud of the black on black violence or ANY violence for that matter. And clearly you seemed to be uninformed about a genre you apparently don't know about. While some MAY glorify guns, violence, drugs, etc. (which i do NOT and never ONCE said that I DID condone), not all rap and rap "artists" glorify that "thuglife." As mentioned already, there are lots of artist out there who put out POSITIVE messages. You just CHOOSE to attack a genre that isn't of your preference (which you don't have to like the genre, you just shouldn't attack it unless you are FULLY informed). And as far as Sharpton is concerned, I couldn't care less about him. I will agree however, that he should be out there (and may) lobbying to stop black on black crime and ALL crime and violence on ALL EQUALLY and not just for the rights of blacks.

So don't pass judgment on me or what I MAY believe in without fully knowing. Thank You and Good day.

Signing off a "PROUD black woman"

1796 days ago
73.

Anonymous    

And To Truth Hurts:

You are clearly a beligerant and ignorant individual to INSULT me. I insulted NO ONE on this blog so don't throw insults at me. What life did he choose? To rap? Because SO FAR that's all we know. The rest IS SPECULATION AND ASSUMPTIONS.

I'm done.

1796 days ago
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A mourner and brother of fellow men and women    

It's unfortunate how all these online comments show how desensitized, judgmental and hateful many of us are as human beings.

Rest in peace, Dolla. Not because you were a rapper, or THE rapper, or whatever. But R.I.P. because no one deserves to have their life robbed so tragically from them for whatever reason.

1796 days ago
75.

Duchess    

I am so appalled at some of the comments I've been reading. Who are we to judge this young man when most of you didn't even know him. Judge not that you might not be judged one day. Every life has value, worth and purpose. ***RIP*** "Dolla" and my condolences to the family.

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