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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rapper and Reality TV Star Benzino Shot During Mother's Funeral Procession


DUXBURY, Mass. —A well-known Boston rap star was shot Saturday afternoon during a funeral procession on Route 3 in Duxbury, the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said.


Benzino the former owner of The Source magazine was shot after an argument erupted between family members in the funeral procession. Benzino was hit and he was rushed to the hospital. 

Remarkably the rest of the family went on with the funeral and the preacher says when they arrived both the limo and the hearse were blood stained according to reports. 

Benzino is currently in the hospital and appears to be in stable condition.


Raymond Scott, a rapper and reality television star who goes by the name Benzino,  was shot by his nephew, Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, the district attorney said.

Raymond Scott, 48, was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-fatal injuries, officials said.


"There has been growing family tension between Raymond Scott and Gai Scott," Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said in a statement.

The two were in the procession heading toward St. Peter's Church in Plymouth for the funeral of Raymond Scott's mother.

"At some point when the cars were side by side, Gai Scott fired several shots into the red Dodge SUV being driven by Raymond Scott," the statement said.

"There were shell casings everywhere," said Marty Kearns, who was driving on Route 3. "There were four holes up the side of the vehicle which started in the rear and then there were three in the passenger door."

Raymond Scott got out of his SUV and was taken to the Duxbury police station by a passerby.   
 He was then taken to a local hospital. 

Gai Scott was arrested by Plymouth police and charged with assault with intent to murder.

Benzino was a member of rap group Made Men before becoming a solo artist. He has appeared on the reality television show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," since 2012.

The funeral was delayed, but was held with blood-spattered cars and a hearse in the parking lot.

"The shock to me was when I came out at the end of the funeral and saw the hearse and the limo wrapped in crime scene tape. That was a jolt," said Father William Williams, the parish priest.

Route 3 in Duxbury was closed for several hours during the police investigation.