WEST RIDGE — On Thanksgiving morning, Jontaye "Mosey Deuce" Walker, 23, lamented on social media about the friends he'd lost to "the streets," saying he thought about them often and talked to them "everyday spiritually."
But just three hours later, at 1:20 p.m., Walker would join them as a victim of city violence — gunned down by a shooter who then fled in a green Plymouth van, according to police.
His friends and family are now trying to raise $4,000 to help cover Walker's funeral expenses with a GoFundMe page, where proceeds will go to his mother, the page says. By Monday morning, $365 had been donated.
Walker's Thanksgiving Facebook post, when taken with several music videos he'd filmed in the neighborhood, tells the story of a man both motivated and tortured by gang life.
"Happy thanksgiving to all My N----- I Lost to these Streets My prayers goes Out to dey Family Even tho youll Not here with me Physically I talk to u n----- Everyday Spiritually N I know youll Looking Down Smiling I Love Youll.Happy Thanksgiving Bros P.s From Yours Truly Mosey," the post read.
Phone calls and messages left with Walker's family were not returned as of Monday night.
Just over a year ago, Walker, who went by the street moniker of "Mose" or "Mosey," released a video titled, "All I Got" in which he laments about gang feuding over "rap s---" but also clings to loyalty for his own crew.
"This s--- just ain't right, this s--- is deeper than rap," he said in the video. "F--- all this rap s---, this s--- is real."
Throughout the video, Walker makes reference to members of the Insane Cutthroat Gangsters — or ICGs — part of the Farwell and Morse Avenue crew currently sparring with other nearby gang factions, like the LOCs (Loyalty Over Cash) who call the area near Howard Street home. On Nov. 14, 25-year-old Eric Jordan was gunned down at Willye B. White Park at 1610 W. Howard St.
Walker calls ICG members, specifically of the Pooh Bear Gang, "brothers" who were "all that I got" and promised that anyone who "lay his hands on my gang" would face consequences.
Some of those members include the now slain Shaquon Thomas, or Young Pappy, who was killed in May; Shawn Randall (Lil Shawn) currently in jail for killing rival gang member Vallan Francis in July; Keith "Band Da Hitta" Hayer, who Walker was arrested with in December 2014 after a stand-off with police; and Germel "Spazz" Dossie, also currently jailed for fatally shooting Clifton Frye, 22, on June 1 just feet away from Gale Elementary School.
In a video from July of this year, Walker taunts rival gang members while emphasizing loyalty among his own.
But others remembering the 23-year-old on social media also tell of Walker's softer side — a side that yearned for love and family.
In one post, D'syre Williams includes a screen shot of a text message exchange between her and Walker in which Walker describes Williams as his "forever girl" and "wifey."
"I'm gonna make u my wife baby [for real, for real] u my everything n I'll love you forever n a day babygirl," he wrote.
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