Lil Phat Shot and Killed in Atlanta

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Atlanta-based rapper Lil Phat was gunned down and killed in the parking lot of a Georgia hospital, officials confirmed Friday. He was only 19.

Two men seen running from the scene are being hunted by police.

Lil Phat (real name Melvin Vernell III) was murdered about 6:40 p.m. Thursday outside Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs north of Atlanta.

Lil Phat

Police say one of the two black men seen running away from the parking lot was short, wearing a red shirt, while the second was a tall and dressed in black.

The victim was taken to Northside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police declined Friday to say why Vernell was in the hospital parking area.

The parking deck has video surveillance cameras but it was not known if they captured any useful images. Officials are investigating the footage.

Lil Phat was probably best known for his appearance on the 2008 hit "Independent" by Webbie and Lil Boosie, MTV reported. R.I.P.

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I need to get on facebook

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, MANN LIL MISTA HADD HIS HITMAN TO KILL PHAT GO LISTENING TO THAT SONG homicide BY LIL MISTA ! HE SAID SOME BOUT LIL PHAT BABY MAMA ND PHAT HAD A LIL BOY SO WAT THAT TELL YOU AND HIS BABY MAMA WAS PRETTY AND BLACK

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where the hell you'l got atlanta based rapper lmao he was a louisiana rapper from jigg city

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R.I.P. LIL PHAT REAL NIGGA....WILL TRULY BE MISSD....ME N MY FAM GETN TURNT UP LISTN TO DAT INDEPENDENT N......FREE BOOSIE.....AND STAY UP WEBBIE. I LOVE YALL

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Hatin azz Muthafuckers need to stop fuckin hatin really if u dont know the strugle u cant fucking respect it an i if u havent .lost real niggas shut the the fuck up and if u white and hv some thing bad to say suck a Nigggga DICK .RIP PHAT

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@Topeka Tornado. Hey! I'm with ya on this one! In the past 15 yrs. I've signed three petitions to have English declared the official national language yet nothing has ever come of it. While I can appreciate the rich tapestry of lingual diversity, I think it's time for America to get basically on the same page and _speak-a dee English" and thus, our core language in this nation.

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YOU ALL ARE SOME SICK FUCKING PEOPLE LIL PHAT IS SOMEONE'S CHILD BROTHER FRIEND HAVE A HEART FOR HIS FAMILY AND LET THEM GRIEVE IN PEACE!!!! R.I.P LIL PHAT YOU WILL TRUELY BE MISSED (ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE HIM,ME AND ALL YA'LL)

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@Pally, it's to not "too". I agree with you, but have you ever heard of punctuation and capitalization?

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Why are you kids throwing your lives away. Many of you sound like this is some hood street code, but real life is not like this. You grow up to be productive people and have good, decent, healthy lives. 19, OMG! It's hurtful to watch all these senseless killings. Stop being a stereotype!

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everyone talks about chopping words but noone has a problem with it when their texting lol