NORTH RICHMOND -- Several hundred mourners gathered at Macedonia Baptist Church to say farewell to a popular local hip hop artist killed in an Aug. 1 drive-by shooting in Antioch.
Lavonta Crummie, 23, was killed in a 7:30 p.m. shooting on Delta Fair Boulevard. Crummie, who went by the stage name "Macho," released his debut album, "The Project Prince: a World of my OWN," in 2011.
Videos for the album's first three singles were YouTube sensations in Richmond's hip-hop community. Many of the songs were odes to childhood friends killed in gun violence. Over the past year, he became a popular live performer in Oakland and at other venues.
A Vallejo man was also injured in the shooting. Police said witnesses described the suspect vehicle in the shooting as a gold four-door car.
Crummie grew up with his grandmother in the Las Deltas Housing Projects in North Richmond. His streetwise raps and clever wordplay earned him growing acclaim in recent years.
Macedonia Church was packed to standing-room-only capacity for the 11 a.m. services. Friends and family eulogized him as a large but gentle man who was quick with a joke and doted over small children.
One block in every direction was lined with mourners during the service, many wearing T-shirts embossed with his picture. Several Contra Costa Sheriff's cruisers were stationed in the surrounding blocks.
Crummie's death was the eighth of the year in Antioch, two shy of the total in 2012 and three more than in 2011.