Marvin Watkins parked his automotive in entrance of his house in Pomona’s Philips Ranch neighborhood after a piece shift of giving rides as an Uber and Lyft driver on Monday night.
Inside ready for him was his spouse and his two grownup youngsters.
As Watkins, 57, walked towards the entrance door of his house, a automobile drove up close to Watkins. One of many occupants aimed a gun at Watkins and fired, putting him a number of instances, stated Pomona police Sgt. Jamie Martinez of the division’s detective bureau.
The automobile sped away and Watkins’ household ran exterior to search out him mendacity on the sidewalk in entrance of their house.
Shortly after a telephone name to authorities, police and paramedics converged on the house on Viewpoint Circle, the place Watkins was pronounced useless.
Martinez stated his detectives have but to assemble any promising leads within the case — no suspect description, no witnesses, and no hints as to why anybody would wish to shoot and kill Watkins, a former music label government and producer with ties to famend artists like Snoop Dogg.
“Marvin Watkins was there for me after I left Dying Row, took me to No Restrict and acquired me on my ft,” Snoop Dogg wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday, referring to his transition between file labels within the 1990s. The put up confirmed an image of a youthful Snoop Dogg with Watkins and one different individual in a music studio. “This hurts … No phrases,” Snoop Dogg wrote.
Martinez stated detectives are probing numerous angles, reminiscent of doable gang ties previously, or perhaps a feud which will have developed throughout Watkins’ time within the music business.
“We’re not ruling out these issues simply but,” Martinez stated.
Watkins’ left his fingerprints on tasks by a few of hip-hops largest names, reminiscent of Snoop Dogg and DJ Fast, in addition to a number of Billboard charting albums like Houston rapper Huge Moe’s “Purple World,” in keeping with Allmusic.
One other giant title in hip-hop, DJ Pooh, who has produced music for 2Pac, Ice Dice, and LL Cool J, additionally mourned the lack of Watkins on social media.
“Those who know me know this hurts!” DJ Pooh wrote in an Instagram put up on Tuesday. “Pal for over 30 yrs. RIP Starv!”