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Julio Foolio Shot and Killed at Tampa Hotel

The music world is in shock as news breaks of the tragic death of Julio Foolio, the Jacksonville rapper known for his raw and impactful lyrics. Early on Sunday, June 23, Julio Foolio, whose real name was Charles Jones, was fatally shot in a hotel parking lot in Tampa, Florida. The incident occurred at the Holiday Inn Tampa North, and according to his lawyer, Lewis Fusco, Foolio was celebrating his 26th birthday.

During a press conference, Tampa Police spokesperson Jonee Lewis provided details on the shooting. Law enforcement responded to reports of gunfire at the hotel parking lot where two cars had been targeted. Four people were struck by the bullets. While three of the victims were rushed to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition, Foolio succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Preceding Events

The events leading up to the shooting paint a picture of what was supposed to be a joyful celebration. Julio Foolio had been staying at an Airbnb to commemorate his birthday. On the evening of Friday, June 22, he shared a video on Instagram, inviting followers to a pool party and instructing them to message him directly for the location details. Unfortunately, the festivities were cut short when authorities shut down the party, citing overcrowding as the reason.

A Rising Star

Julio Foolio’s music had been gaining significant traction, with nearly a million monthly listeners on Spotify. His track “Voo Doo” stands out as his most played song, reflecting his growing influence in the rap scene. Known for his gritty storytelling and connection to his roots in Jacksonville, Foolio’s untimely death leaves a void in the music community and among his fans.


As the investigation continues, fans and fellow artists alike are mourning the loss of a talented individual who had a promising future ahead. Julio Foolio’s music and legacy will undoubtedly continue to resonate with those who appreciated his artistry and the unique voice he brought to hip-hop.

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