A few days ago New Orleans law enforcement officials identified 31-year-old Darryl Bannister Jr. as the suspected killer of promising N.O. rapper BTN YoungN. Now The Advocate reports Bannister was arrested this past Monday (May 15).
YoungN, born Desmone Jerome, was found lying face-up, suffering from bullet wounds at a Shell gas station at 9200 block of Airline Highway in the Hollygrove section of New Orleans. Police identified Bannister as a suspect last Friday (May 12), and it turns out, Bannister had a history of violence in the area.
Apparently, Bannister pled guilty to state gang racketeering charges field against a gang calling themselves “The Taliban.” For his part in the case, received a six-year sentence after admitting to being involved in two shootings that took place on the same day back in 2012. He was out on parole at the time of BTN YoungN’s untimely death. Bannister will be charged with second-degree murder.
Having been affiliated with Birdman’s Rich Gang crew, YoungN was on his way to rap stardom when he was gunned down at the end of this past April. According to the 27-year-old’s mother Gabrielle Jerome, jealousy was the primary motive behind his killing.
“Jealousy is behind it. Because of his success as a rapper,” she explained. “He would literally give you the shirt off his back. He loved kids to death. It’s just rough,” she added.
Recognizing the loss of YoungN, Birdman deleted all of the posts from his Instagram with the exception of a YoungN photo, along with a caption dedicated to his memory.