Sheriff: killing of Athens rapper may have been gang-related


By Joe Johnson

When Athens resident and rap artist Ketravian Tyvon Cole was fatally shot in Barrow County on Saturday he appeared to have been specifically targeted, according to Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith.

Cole, 20, was considered to be an up-and-coming talent who performed under the name EBE Montana.

His death may have been gang-related an official said.

Authorities said Cole was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling west on Ga. Highway 316 near Jackson Trail Road shortly after midnight when a dark-colored sedan pulled alongside and one or more of its occupants opened fire, killing Cole and wounding the driver, who was a relative of the rapper.

The incident was initially reported to the sheriff’s office as a possible case of road rage.

“It was not a random incident and appears the deceased victim was targeted,” Smith said on Tuesday.

“We are not getting much cooperation from friends and family but we do have some tips coming in that would suggest this was gang-related,” the sheriff said.

After the shooting, the sedan turned around and sped off east toward Athens-Clarke County.

“We are trying to find out if any incident happened (in Athens) prior to the shooting on 316,” Smith said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-307-3080 or the GBI’s Athens Office at 706-552-2309.

Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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