Amid a Chicago crime surge, hip-hop and rap artist Londre Sylvester, also known as “KTS Dre,” was murdered in the city after being released from jail with an ankle bracelet.
Sylvester, 31, exited Cook County Jail Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Two cars were waiting for him there. He was shot 64 times before being pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune, the outlet that obtained the police report.
Two women were also shot. One victim 60, the other 30. Both survived with wounds. The police report stated that “It appears Sylvester was the intended target while (the women) were inadvertently struck.”
Londre Sylvester, who performed as KTS Dre and Kutthroat Dreko, was standing with a 60-year-old woman Saturday night when a car pulled up and two gunmen fired off dozens of shots. https://t.co/WWyWTKHilF
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) July 13, 2021
The rapper was released from custody after he was prosecuted last month with a petition for violating bail rules laid out in his firearm case. Sylvester was ordered by a judge on July 1 to be held with a bail of $50,000. He posted $5,000 last Friday.
As the Chicago Tribune noted, there have been several situations in the city that resulted in attacks outside jails or courthouses. One notable such case was in 2017, when Kamari Belmont, 23, was killed upon being released on $100,000 bail after beating his murder case.
Crime has ballooned in Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s city. Recent data reported by the Chicago Sun-Times indicates gang members outnumber police officers 10 to 1. More than 200 people have been shot in the city so far this year than a year prior, but Lightfoot still claimed in a press conference last month “crime is on the decline.” Recent records showed a 55 percent spike in homicides from 2020.