EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - Hundreds gathered today in East Point to mourn the slain rapper Dolla, who was shot at a Los Angeles shopping mall five days early this week.
Among family and friends attending the service for the 21-year-old performer, many wore white clothing and draped glittering white scarves around their heads as they somberly filed past his casket at Word of Faith Love Center south of Atlanta.
The body of the entertainer, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, was wrapped in cream-colored fabric.
His brother, rapper Will "Scrapp DeLeon" Robinson, said Dolla once told him that he did not fear death, and when it came he wanted people to wear white and celebrate his life.
After the service, Burton was laid to rest at Atlanta's Westview Cemetery.
The man accused of shooting him, Aubrey Berry of Snellville, pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges Friday in Los Angeles.
The 23-year-old Berry is being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
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