Blood Who Knocked Out The Game At The Mall
Rosemo700 is now DEAD
A young man named Jomo Adoula Zambia was murdered in broad daylight yesterday while driving his red BMW down Florence Avenue in Inglewood.
Inglewood police say he blew through the red light at Eucalyptus Avenue around 2:30 p.m., after being shot in the arm and torso -- broadsiding an on-duty police officer in an unmarked car. That officer is currently in critical condition.
Zambia was rushed to the hospital as well, but died soon after. "Investigators are attempting to determine where and when the victim was shot," says Lieutenant Marie DiBernardo at the station. Two promising leads, so far, on that front:
Lead homicide Detective Gabriel de La Torre says Zambia's Twitter activity before the shooting is "a lead we're following."
According to de La Torre, the victim's handle was @rosemo700. Here are his final Tweets, which he apparently issued directly before the murder (though the clues could go much further back):
More telling, perhaps, is a Tweet from his friend, under handle @DONTreadmyTWEETS. The young Inglewood man writes, "Lost for words over this @rosemo700 sh*t!! Another Inglewood n*gga gone do to some twitter fu*kery RIP JOMO!!!"
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(The Twitter activity of Montae Talbert, a member of rap group Cali Swag District who was murdered earlier this year, likewise came under scrutiny during the homicide investigation.)
Detective de La Torre says preliminary information shows Zambia was 26 years old. On Facebook, he lists himself as a San Fernando Valley resident originally from Inglewood.
Here's another possible tie-in: Vanessa Place, the Los Angeles attorney who represented a young man named Jomo Zambia in Montae Talbert, a member of rap group Cali Swag District who was murdered earlier this year, likewise came under scrutiny during the homicide investigation.)" target="_blank">a famous 2007 case in which the defendant was convicted of "encouraging another person to become a prostitute" in the Valley, says she was contacted last night by emergency personnel from the hospital.
They informed her that her former client had been murdered.
Though Zambia was sentenced to four years in prison, Place says his time was reduced to two years on "conduct credit" -- as can be expected for nonviolent crimes.
The pimp ruling was controversial one. Some justices and legal experts argued that, since the woman Zambia solicited to work for him was already a prostitute, he could not be accused of encouraging her to become one. However, the California Supreme Court eventually found him guilty:
... To encourage an established prostitute to change her business relationship necessarily implies that a defendant intends a victim "to become a prostitute" in the future regardless of her current status. We also think it safe to say that someone who encourages another to become a prostitute is seldom giving disinterested advice about a possible career path. The phrase "encourages another person to become a prostitute" can readily be understood to encompass the goal that the target "become a prostitute" in the future for the benefit of the encourager or some other pimp.
Zambia had been caught red-handed in a police prostitution sting. The setup is detailed in People v. Zambia court documents:
On June 8, 2007, Officer Erika Cruz was working undercover as a street prostitute in Los Angeles. Defendant drove past her, looked in her direction, made a U-turn, and stopped about 15 feet across the street from her. Defendant lowered his window and told Cruz to get into his truck. When Cruz asked why, defendant said he was a pimp. The officer told him to back up so they could talk. As he did so, Cruz called Officer Paschal, her "security officer" to report that she was possibly "working a pimp."
Standing by the defendant's open passenger-side window, Officer Cruz saw cell phones on the truck‟s center console. Defendant again told her to get in the truck, repeating that he was a pimp. Cruz asked what defendant meant. He said that he would "take care of [her]" and asked how much money she had in her possession. Hearing that she had $400, defendant said if she gave the money to him, he would provide her with housing and clothing.
Officer Cruz hesitated, telling defendant she was not comfortable. Defendant told her he was a legitimate businessman, showed her a business card, and said he would not "strong-arm" her, which Cruz understood to mean to take her money by force. Cruz testified that defendant used an aggressive tone of voice and demeanor. She characterized him as acting like a "gorilla pimp," or one who uses "verbal threats and violence to get their way and to scare prostitutes into working for them." Cruz asked defendant if she could continue to work the same neighborhood. Defendant told her she could and that he would "just take care of [her]."
Today, Iman Douglas, who says she's a friend of the victim's sister, writes on Twitter, "I never met u but ur sis talked about u ALL the time! She loved her Lil Brother so much! She's heartbroken RIP Jomo." (Also, "I'm am so tired of this GHETTO STREET sh*t!!!!!")
Did you know the victim, or witness his car crash with an Inglewood police officer yesterday? Please let us know. Information regarding the crime can also be phoned into the Inglewood Police Department at (888) 401-CRIME.
Last edited by zCapo; 11-03-2011 at 12:23 PM..