As reported, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, a member of Troy Ave’s B$B crew, was shot in the chest last night (May 25) while attending a concert at Irving Plaza. The 33-year-old was pronounced dead at Beth Israel hospital shortly after being admitted.
Troy Ave also sustained a gunshot to the leg during the shooting and is reportedly still recovering in the hospital.
The victim’s mother, Rose McPhatter, came forward to voice her frustrations at Troy Ave’s lack of condolences.
“He actually cared a lot about Troy Ave,” McPhatter told the NY Daily News, talking about her son’s relationship with the rapper and how he spent a lot of time protecting him. “My wish is that Troy Ave cared as much about my son as he cared about him. I say that because I watched how my son would always bend over backwards to help him.”
As new details begin to surface, it appears as though there was beef between the entourages of Maino (who was said to have been performing during the time of the shooting) and Troy Ave. The fight that broke out escalated into someone pulling out a 9 mm handgun and firing multiple shots.
“If he [Troy Ave] cared about my son as much as he alleged he does, I would've received a call from him,” the grieving mother continued. “He didn't call me. He didn't call any of my other sons.”
McPhatter’s friends are coming forward to share heartfelt messages in the wake of his passing.
“Life is short,” his friend Money Nels wrote. “I just spoke to my guy a couple days ago. He was a real good dude. My deepest condolences to his family.”
Rose McPhatter went on to offer commentary that she didn’t always approve of the people her son chose to spend time with.
"He was raised in the church but sometimes you meet the wrong crowd,” she said. “He loved everybody, he had a big heart, but having a big heart sometimes can be a curse. Sometimes it will lead you to the wrong people."
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