Morehouse Grad Murdered While “Trying to Enjoy the 4th of July”
But on Wednesday night, Tillet was fatally shot as he stood with a group of friends outside of a Fourth of July house party in L.A. as an unknown shooter opened fire on the partygoers. Tillet and two others were hit.
Family and friends are having a difficult time grappling with this tragic loss.
“This is so unreal, because he was the total opposite of a [violent] person,” says Shedonna Burleson, one of Tillet’s best friends since childhood. “He was so happy and outgoing; he never had any problems with anybody.”
“It was some random dude, like some thug like standing on the corner just point-blank like letting off,” Tillet’s boyfriend, Britten Rogers, reportedly told KTLA.
LAPD Detective Michael Applegate says Tillet’s group of friends were ”just out there lighting fireworks and trying to enjoy the Fourth of July.” So investigators are not sure what triggered the violence, or whether or not it was gang related.
“We talked about traveling a lot more, and he was thinking of possibly going back to school,” says one of Tillet’s friends. “He was looking forward to his 25th birthday on October 15.”
He was 24 years old.
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