Police on Sunday confirmed the victim of a shooting near the East Dublin BART station was a San Francisco-born rapper last seen shortly before midnight at a recording session in Marin County.
Alexander Mark “Lil Yase” Antonyyo’s movements from the time friends say he told them he’d be “right back” to the Marin County session to the time he turned up shot several times at a Pleasanton hospital could not be immediately ascertained.
Dublin police said the rapper, whose given name was Alexander Mark Antonyyo, Jr., was initially treated for multiple gunshot wounds when he arrived at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton early Saturday – before he was transferred to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he was declared deceased.
Detectives traced the shooting scene to a location in the 5100 block of Iron Horse Parkway but have not released a motive for the shooting or potential suspect. So far, no one has been able or willing to say how or why Antonyyo travelled from Marin County to Dublin.
A good samaritan who reportedly found Antonyyo stumbling around outside his car at the shooting scene is said to have told investigators the rapper told him he’d been shot during an aborted holdup targeting an expensive wristwatch.
Music industry insiders described Antonyyo as an up-and-coming Bay Area rapper who came out of San Francisco’s Sunnydale Housing Projects to make his way in the music business, releasing a single “Get It In” in 2015 and acquiring a You Tube following with a string of hits that racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube over the years
Since then, friends told reporters, the rapper has concentrated on promoting his label – Highway 420 Productions – and gaming. Associates maintained he had no known enemies.