Man acquitted in Boys and Girls Club shooting raps about triple murder case
Rochester, N.Y. - One of three men accused of the triple murder outside the Genesee Street Boys and Girls Club is now rapping about the murder case and his acquittal.
Jalen Everett, who goes by the rap name Laflare, has released four music videos, one as recently as Wednesday.
Specific lyrics refer to beating the murder case against him, the case against others and a message to snitches.
The lyrics in one video released on the first day of the Michael Mathis trial, two weeks ago, say, "Laflare got locked and beat the murder case. Mikey on the way, sorry for the wait."
Mathis was also acquitted of murder and assault charges Thursday afternoon.
At least two of the videos appear to be filmed in Rochester, authorities confirming a portion of the video shows the rooftop of a public library.
The videos showcase large crowds, drugs and guns. Everett raps in one video, "While you were watching for one, I was on the block with the gun."
Everett stood trial twice for murder and assault in the mass shooting that killed Jonah Barley, Raekwon Manigault and Johnny Johnson.
Johnson's mom said the death of her son is now being exploited by the man once accused in the case.
"He's glorified the act of what he did," said Lentory Johnson. "They're sending the wrong message to our children, to our community, and when it rest at their doorstop, I hope their attitudes then become a lot different."
First Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles, who was the prosecutor in all four trials, said the content is disturbing on many levels.
"There were several gang references within the video itself," said Duckles. "There's references to potential witnesses in the Mathis case in that video. This whole no-snitch policy, things of that nature. So on many levels, the video is disturbing and we're certainly keeping an eye on this type of thing."
For now the District Attorney's Office said Everett's videos are protected by freedom of speech.
Johnny Johnson's mother is one of those who hopes Everett, and now Michael Mathis, rethink the image that's portrayed in the videos.
"Their attitudes towards the guns, the romanticizing of it, the hip hop community and the way they are glorifying it," said Lentory Johnson. "Both of these individuals who have been acquitted have been already tagged as legends in their neighborhoods."
13WHAM offered Jalen Everett a chance to do an interview to share his side of the story about the murder trial and music videos. In return, he asked 13WHAM to pay him to do an interview, which goes against our journalistic policy.