Victim of party bus shooting was a St. Paul rapper

Billy Ray Robles died from a gunshot wound.
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The man killed when gunshots rang out during a party bus gathering was a 19-year-old rapper from St. Paul.

Billy Ray Robles, aka Billy Tha Kidd, died from a wound sustained when a fight between two groups of men turned to gunfire in Inver Grove Heights.

The incident happened outside the AMC Showplace movie theater in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Inver Grove Heights police have yet to find a suspect or suspects in the shooting, and are still determining what caused the fight.

Tributes have been paid to Robles on social media, while a GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family with funeral and memorial costs, so far raising more than $2,000.

A message from his mother, Melissa Johnson, was shared on Facebook.

"Billy was a special soul who was looked up to by many," she said, adding: "Billy died trying to keep the peace as he always did. Your love and support is truly appreciated."

Those who knew the former Humboldt High School student gathered at the West Side Church, where Robles' mother volunteers, for a vigil Sunday afternoon.

"I couldn't even hold my son because he's part of a homicide investigation. So I had to identify his body with a bag over his head, bags on his hands and a hole in his chest," Johnson told KARE 11. "That's how I had to identify my son because kids are walking around with guns."

Darleen Tareeq, Robles' cousin, spoke to people who were on the bus and they told her Robles' was trying to break up the fight when he was shot, the Pioneer Press reports.

Here's one of the rap videos Robles had uploaded to YouTube (extreme content warning).

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