A D.C. man who was found dead outside a Seat Pleasant, Md., apartment complex Wednesday was filming a music video when he was fatally shot, police and family said.
On Friday, Prince George’s County police said they arrested Lafonzo Leonard Iracks, 21, in connection with the fatal shooting of Keaway Lafonz Ivy, 21.
Iracks and Ivy were working on a video around 10:30 p.m. in the 500 block of 62nd Place, near the District border, when Iracks fired his gun, striking Ivy in the chest, police said.
Detectives are still investigating why Iracks had a gun, police said.
Although Ivy often performed as rapper Kealoraw, he was also a videographer and was behind the camera the night he was killed, friends and family said.
It is unclear how Iracks and Ivy knew each other, but his family said he was paid to be at the video shoot Wednesday night. Iracks faces at least one charge of first-degree murder, police said.
As authorities continued to investigate a motive, friends and family gathered outside Ivy’s home in Southeast on Thursday afternoon, remembering the D.C. native’s love of music and affection for his 2-year-old daughter.
Ivy’s sister, Erica Ivy, said her brother rapped and performed in a go-go band. He recently performed at the corner of 18th and T streets in Southeast for a neighborhood block day and was planning to travel to South Carolina for a show in June.
But as much as he enjoyed performing, he loved editing and filming videos more. A photo from his Instagram page shows him cradling four cameras dangling around his neck, and his YouTube profile features dozens of videos he performed in or produced.
“He loved shooting videos,” Erica Ivy said. “That was his life.”
Erica Ivy said he also shot wedding videos and filmed a series called the “HouseWives of Benning Road,” a spoof of the Bravo reality TV series.
Durrell Cooper, a friend and neighbor of the victim’s, said Ivy would be up at all hours of the night editing video before heading out to filming sessions in the morning.
“He was trying to do what he could to be the best father he could be for his child,” said Cooper, 36.
“His talent was immeasurable,” he added.
Although Ivy’s videos may have featured guns, his friends and family said he was a peace-loving person.
“Just because a person raps about it doesn’t mean he lived it,” said David Ayers, who worked with Ivy on projects. “He was an entrepreneur. He wanted to do more.”