ATLANTA - Mourners gathered Saturday for the funeral service for rapper Shawty Lo, who was killed last week in a fiery car crash on a freeway near southwest Atlanta.
The service, which was open to the public, was scheduled to begin at noon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The homegoing celebration came a day after crowds honored the Atlanta native during a vigil.
The entertainer, whose name is Carlos Walker, was remembered as a mentor, humanitarian and a great father. His children shared memories, as well as his son, Carlos Walker Jr., who addressed the crowd via phone from prison.
"I'm really lost for words right now. It's a big loss. There is only one Lo. I can not fill his shoes," Walker said.
Rappers Gucci Mane and Lil' Boosie were among celebrities who sent video tributes.
The 40-year-old rapper, whose real name is Carlos Walker, was ejected from a 2016 Audi when the vehicle struck a couple of trees, overturned and burst into flames early Wednesday. Passengers Destini Carter and Deshondria Miller escaped the wreckage. Both were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Many celebrities have taken to social media to express their grief and sadness over Shawty Lo's passing.
RIP Shawty Lo. 🙏🏽. Prayers to his family and friends. ATown Legend.— DJ DRAMA (@DJDRAMA) September 21, 2016
My Body is in Dallas but my heart is in my city... I didn't meet Lo as a rapper & the dopest part about him was even when he became one he never changed... can't say that for many.... I can hear your laugh saying sis what you doing round here, my response was always same thang you doing.. LOL.. to his children ,Your father will forever watch over you.. He is, was & will always be Loved .. May God give you strength tonight & Tomorrow during your final goodbye ❤️He's always in your heart ❤️
In 2008, Shawty Lo was named MySpace Music Rookie of the Year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. That year, his hit "Dey Know" was among the most-played rap songs on radio stations nationwide.