Mourners lined up three hours early to pack into the high school auditorium where the memorial service for rapper Lil' Snupe was held Saturday.
Hundreds, including Lil' Snupe's mentor Meek Mill, gathered at Jonesboro-Hodge High School to pay their final respects to the slain musician, who was shot and killed June 20.
The teen rapper, whose real name was Addarren Ross, grew up in Jonesboro, Louisiana.
"He came from nothing," said his father, Charlie Brown, in a letter written from prison and read at the service. "He taught the young to never make excuses. When the doors open for me, the world will forever hear Lil' Snupe!"
Mill sat in the third row, dark sunglasses covering his eyes, through the service.
"I'm never one to talk," he said, when Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson presented him with a resolution. "I saw something in him. His demo tape spoke to me. I saw myself in him."
Ross had only signed with Mill's label DreamChasers in October, and released just his first demo.
But as word spread of his death, the likes of hip hop stars Diddy and Trina tweeted their grief.
RIP @LilSnupe..prayers to his family..Some of the saddest news you ever hear...rise up and be leaders for the future. Lives depend on it..— Diddy (@iamdiddy) June 21, 2013
The suspect charged with Ross's death, Tony Holden, 36, turned himself in to Winnfield police Wednesday and was booked on first-degree murder charges.