Although fallen Cali Swag District member M-Bone has been laid to rest, that's not where his story ends. Remaining group members JayAre, C-Smoove and Yung have committed to keeping his memory alive as they gear up for the release of their next mixtape project, Deeper Than the Dougie.
"We're just focused on staying positive and doing what we were doing prior to this incident," C-Smoove told MTV. "Basically, make M-Bone's legacy and his name live on through us forever, as long as we do it. We don't feel like this is a time for us to stop; we feel like this is a time for us to go harder."
As previously reported, Montae "M-Bone" Talbert of CSD was shot during what appears to be a random drive-by shooting in the group's hometown of Inglewood, California, on May 15. The 22-year-old was laid to rest on Friday [May 27] during an open-to-the-public funeral at Faithful Central Bible Church, also in Inglewood. The service was attended by more than 2,000 friends, family and fans.
Still in mourning, the remaining three have resolved to keep M-Bone with them. "You see three people right here, but it's still four people in the group," Yung told MTV. "M-Bone will be with us forever."
The group members say they have no intentions of bringing anyone new into the fold to round out the crew. "We won't be replacing M-Bone," added C-Smoove. "Nobody will ever be able to say, 'I'm the new fourth,' and 'I filled in because of this.'"
The Inglewood Police Department continues its investigation into M-Bone's murder although it hasn't yielded any suspects or major breakthroughs in the case thus far. If you have any information related to the case that may help the IPD, you can contact them at (310) 412-5246 or call the anonymous 24-hour hotline at 888-41-CRIME (888-412-7463).