Dublin police investigators have announced the arrests of Angel Butler and Jovante Williams, both 28 and both of Dublin, in connection with the homicide of Mark Alexander Antonyyo Jr, who went by the stage name Lil Yase, shot multiple times near the East Dublin BART station on Nov. 28, 2020.
Officers located the 26-year-old Northern California rapper at a nearby hospital the night he was shot, finding he had been admitted with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators said Antonyyo named his killer before dying.
Police determined that Antonyyo was last seen with friends at a Marin County recording studio when he set out for Dublin in his car shortly before midnight. Investigators said the rapper was en route to Dublin for a meeting with Butler, with whom he’d had a previous relationship.
Detectives traced the shooting scene to a location in the 5100 block of Iron Horse Parkway, and say both Butler and Williams lived in that area.
The rapper 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.
A good samaritan who reportedly found Antonyyo stumbling 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, and police are still gathering evidence as the case continues to unfold.
Butler and Williams are expected to face murder charges when Dublin detectives bring their case to the district attorney Thursday.
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.