Authorities investigating connection between naked body found at Malibu beach and rapper Pop Smoke’s murder

Los Angeles authorities are currently investigating a potential connection between the 2020 murder of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke and the discovery of a naked body found stuffed in a barrel floating off a beach in Malibu. The remains inside the barrel have been identified as those of Javonnta Murphy, 32, who was the brother of Jaquan Murphy, one of five individuals previously arrested in connection with Pop Smoke’s murder.

Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed in a suspected home invasion in Hollywood Hills in February 2020. Two men and two teenagers were charged with his killing, all members of the same street gang who learned of Pop Smoke’s whereabouts from his Instagram account. They planned to rob him after discovering his address on a gift bag label. The rapper fought back during the invasion, resulting in him being shot and killed by a 15-year-old.

Jaquan Murphy, the brother of one of the accused, had initially been arrested but was not charged in Pop Smoke’s murder. However, his brother’s body was recently found naked and stuffed inside a 55-gallon drum floating in the water along the Pacific Coast Highway bridge. Sanitation workers spotted the drum, and lifeguards later retrieved it, discovering Javonnta’s body.

Authorities are now investigating Javonnta’s death, considering the possibility that it may be connected to Pop Smoke’s murder. The cause of Javonnta’s death, how long his body was in the barrel, and its origin are yet to be determined. The high tide is believed to have carried the barrel into the Malibu lagoon from the ocean. The beach where the body was found has been closed as homicide investigators conduct their examination.

Both cases have left the community in shock and raised concerns about potential connections between the two incidents. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives are actively investigating Javonnta’s death to unravel the circumstances surrounding this tragic discovery.