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Friends, family gathered for the funeral of Jackson rapper "Lil Lonnie" Saturday

Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT
Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT
Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT
Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT
Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT Friends, family and members of the community were at the funeral for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie on Saturday. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Family, friends and members of the community came together for the funeral service of 22-year-old Lonnie Montrel Taylor on Saturday.

Taylor was shot and killed while driving in northwest Jackson last weekend.

"There is going to be a brighter day," said one of the pastors at Word and Worship Church in west Jackson.

The mayor of Jackson, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, was also at the service to show support to those who knew the rapper. 

"I will come and get you so that you will always know where I am," said Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, reading a passage from the Bible.

At the time of his death Taylor, who was well-known by the name Lil Lonnie, was making a name for himself as a respected rapper and artist, gaining the attention of artists like LL Cool Jay and 50 Cent. 

READ MORE: Local rapper Lonnie Taylor shot to death while driving in north Jackson

The rapper's promoter, Keefy Man, spoke on the hard work Taylor was putting in to his career. 

"He was probably one of the hardest workers I have ever seen in the state of Mississippi, probably in the south," said Man. "Taylor, he was a Jackson guy through and through, they don't know the half."

"Representing where Ju? Jackson, MS," Taylor said in one of his television interviews.

Taylor started rapping while he was in school at Callaway and continued during his time at Jackson State University. 

"I didn't have much, but I had a vision," Taylor said in the intro to one of his songs. 

The more people listened to him, the more they could relate to what he was saying. 

"It was just the way people responded to him, the kids," said Man. "It's hard to get the kids, the youth, the adults. Everybody responded to his music."

But is was more than just his words that got peoples attention, it was the way he lived his life.

"He was in the studio all the time and working," Man added. 

Bishop Stallworth presided over the service today. 

"He is another example of what a young person can do with a marvelous gift of life," said Stallworth. 

As the ceremony ended, Bishop Stallworth asked everyone to stand up and give Taylor what every artist deserves...a round of applause. 

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