William Fernando Barnes, a.k.a. DJ Nando, was fatally shot Tuesday morning (Jan. 14). He was 38.
Though not many details have been released as yet, authorities told the local Fox affiliate that the incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. in front of his home in Clayton County, Georgia; and that police are looking for suspects.
Nando, born in Virginia, moved to the Atlanta area more than a decade ago and became a popular staple on the adult entertainment club scene. He was a member of the local group Coalition DJs and, according to XXL, had a debut album and a clothing line in the works.
"Today we've lost not only a great talent and DJ, but our friend and brother," Nick Love and Xavier "Big X" Hargrove, the heads of the Coalition DJs, said in a joint statement. "Nando had a great ear for talent and was highly respected within the DJ community and the music industry at large. DJ Nando played a huge role in the success of Atlanta's thriving music scene, and was a constant 'go to' for labels and artists trying to get their music to the masses."
The statement continued with a request for patience and prayers. "We're not engaging in speculation as we await the final reports from authorities," they said, "and ask that you join us in honoring his memory by doing the same. In the coming days we ask for your continued prayers for DJ Nando's family, friends, his business partner AB, and our organization, as we work to process this senseless tragedy."
Tweets have started to pour in as well. "RIP MY BROTHER DJ NANDO: I REALLY HATE THAT IM POSTING THIS, MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY," wrote Jermaine Dupri.
"Rest in peace to my dear friend DJ Nando. My career wouldn't have got the start that it did w/o you. RIP to a legend of the south," wrote Jeezy.
"This Is Crazy! #RIPDJNANDO #RIPDOEB," wrote DJ Greg Street, adding a reminder about Grand Hustle rapper Doe B, who was shot to death just before the turn of the new year.
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