Local rapper killed in overnight Market Street shooting

Louisville shooting victim identified as local musician

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – WAVE 3 News has discovered the city’s latest homicide victim was a local musician.

The shooting was reported around 2 a.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Market Street.

Police said the victim was taken to University of Louisville Hospital where he died from his injuries.

At the time, his identity was not released. LMPD only said the victim was 31 years old.

A Troubleshooter investigation revealed the victim was rapper Chuck Taylord. He’s played in New York and Miami to name a couple of cities. But couldn’t seem to escape the violence he rapped about.

In several of his songs, Chuck Taylord rapped about beating life on the streets.
In several of his songs, Chuck Taylord rapped about beating life on the streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News/YouTube)

Taylord’s lyrics are mainly about the struggle and his desire to make it. He rapped with the support of a music label and released several videos.

But from song lyrics to real life, much of what he talked about was growing up on the streets.

One of his songs was called “Come Up.” It talks about long days and long nights and how his family depended on him to survive.

Local rapper Chuck Taylord was found shot on West Market Street on April 25.
Local rapper Chuck Taylord was found shot on West Market Street on April 25. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Taylord’s latest music video, “Nasa,” was filmed in Chicago and followed the same theme, trying to climb the charts.

Police haven’t said anything yet on the record but family friend Reverend Charles Elliot said Taylord spoke about beating the drug life.

“He knew how hard and how difficult it was out here on the streets,” Reverend Elliot said.

Reverend Charles Elliot said he knew the victim, Chuck Taylord, since he was young.
Reverend Charles Elliot said he knew the victim, Chuck Taylord, since he was young. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Elliott has known the victim since he was young.

“He was trying to send a message, that there’s another way," Reverend Elliot said.

No suspect information has been released in Taylord’s death. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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