The City of Forest Park says it has turned down a permit request for a vigil in memory of rapper Rahquid “Lil Keed” Render, 24, who had ties to the city.

Render, who died in Los Angeles, was with the recording label YSL. No official cause of death has been publicly reported.

The permit request was to use Starr Park on Tuesday, May 24, which is the same day as the general primary election.

In a press release, the city said, “Like so many others throughout metro Atlanta and communities across the nation, the City of Forest Park was saddened to hear about the recent passing of local hometown entertainer Raqhid Jevon Render, also known as Lil Keed. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family, friends and all those who have been impacted by this unfortunate loss. 

“Despite recent reports in the media and in light of several upcoming events — including next week’s very important general primary election — the city has decided not to issue a special permit for a vigil to be held at Starr Park on Tuesday, May 24. Officers from the Forest Park Police Department will be taking extra precautions next week to block streets and parking to Starr Park in an effort to help ensure public safety in our community. Extra patrols at all city parks and public recreation areas will also be taking place, as well, to address elevated security measures.  

“Although this may be a difficult time for a great number individuals, the city is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and businesses. It is our sincere hope that the life of Mr. Render will be celebrated peacefully by all those who wish to remember him and his legacy.”

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Angelyne Butler spoke highly of Render. She noted that the city had previously issued him a proclamation and suggested reissuing it again for his family.

We’ve asked the city why extra police might be needed at Starr Park on Tuesday and for a copy of the permit. We’ll update with any response.

YSL owner Young Thug, Gunna, and others with the label are facing federal RICO indictments related to the alleged drive-by shooting of Donovan “Peanut” Thomas, Jr.

Render was not named in the indictment.

Here’s the full press conference with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the Atlanta Police Department:

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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