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Teen Rapper RondoNumbaNine Charged with Murder of Livery Driver

By Emily Morris | March 9, 2014 2:40pm | Updated on March 9, 2014 4:41pm
 Javan Boyd, 28, was killed in the Armour Square neighborhood while working a second job as a livery driver, police and family said.
Javan Boyd, 28, was killed in the Armour Square neighborhood while working a second job as a livery driver, police and family said.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A teen rapper was charged with murder for the February killing of 28-year-old Javan Boyd, who family said was gunned down while working as a livery driver in Armour Square.

Clint Massey, who was charged with first-degree murder, is accused of being one of two people who shot Boyd seven times a few blocks from U.S. Cellular Field. Massey, who performs under the name RondoNumbaNine, has recorded songs with Lupe Fiasco, Lil Durk and slain rapper L'A Capone.

Judge James Brown set bail for Massey, of the 6600 block of South Honore Street, at $2 million.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert Mack said Massey and an accomplice, who has not been charged, drove to 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue in the early hours of Feb. 22 to retaliate for a fight that had occurred earlier.

About 3:55 a.m., as Boyd was waiting to pick up a fare, Massey and his accomplice went to the passenger side of Boyd's car and tried to open the door, Mack said during a bond hearing Sunday.

Witnesses then saw both men firing shots into the car with handguns, Mack said.

Boyd was hit seven times in his legs and back, according to Mack and a police arrest report. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m.

Part of the incident was captured by surveillance video, Mack said, and a fingerprint was found on the victim's car.

Massey was taken into custody Friday after being identified as one of the men who shot Boyd, an arrest report states.

The victim's aunt said Boyd picked up his second job as livery driver to support his 11-year-old daughter. He also worked for Greencorps.

"It was all about his daughter, living for his daughter," said Trina Boyd, who raised her nephew after his mother and three siblings died in a fire in 1994. "He took on that second job because he was taking care of her."

His family acknowledged that Boyd had gotten into trouble before. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular hijacking in 2007, but Trina Boyd said her nephew stayed out of trouble for years after that.

"For him to lose his family at a young age, he beat all odds," Boyd's cousin Lakeisha Odom said. "I don't know anybody who could be as strong as he was after being through what he went through."