The body of a man shot dead while celebrating his birthday was found in some bushes outside a Phoenix nightclub early Sunday morning, police said.
Police confirm the victim was 26-year-old Deshawn McDonald, also known as D Mac Deluxx, a local up-and-coming rapper.
McDonald was with friends at the nightclub at Interstate17 at McDowell Road.
Just after midnight, the man left the club.
Later, shots were heard in the parking lot, according to Phoenix Police Lt. Paul Taylor.
Bar patrons went to investigate and found the man’s body in some landscaping near the Knight’s Inn at 1624 N. Black Canyon Highway.
“There is no suspect information and consequently, very little details about why this occurred,” Taylor said.
Detectives were still on the scene after daybreak.
Friends were remembering the victim for his unbridled ambition.
“He just wanted to be something in life, just like all the rest of us,” said the victim’s friend, T. J. Redmond. “You just have to be cut from a different cloth to even have that type of ambition these days.”
Redmond said the loss is painful.
“He was living for his daughter, living for himself, trying to make a name for himself and be somebody to look up to,” he said.
He said he hopes his friend's death wasn't in vain.
"hH was a role model, you know what i'm saying. He was somebody that anybody could look up to in this life as far as trying to better yourself in this life and trying to be somebody," Redmond said.
Another friend, Nicholas Hamilton, said McDonald was a true “people person” who was cool with everybody.
“My friend was a real cool dude," Hamilton said. "Everybody loved him. I can’t understand why something like this would happen.”
Hamilton said McDonald was coming into his own.
“He was coming up as far as being known and being wealthy in Arizona, a little faster than normal people would as far as rapping and making money around here,” he said.
“This is something that happened over greed, over money and he was celebrating at Jaguar’s nightclub and then just next door, he gets shot,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said McDonald had been pursuing his rapping dreams since high school.
People with any information about the shooting is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.
The public can also call Silent Witness detectives toll-free at 1-800-343-TIPS. Your call will remain anonymous. Another way to leave a message is to head to the website silentwitness.org.
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