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Chicano rapper “Conejo” extradited to the U.S. for 2001 murder

December 8, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicano rapper “Conejo” extradited to the U.S. for 2001 murder

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Jose Martin, also known as “Conejo” or “Rabbit,” a Chicano rapper, managed to evade U.S. authorities for nearly 14 years while continuing to release gangster-themed songs and videos.

However, on November 16th, the 42-year-old was apprehended in Baja California, Mexico and he was extradited to Los Angeles to face murder charges earlier this month, Fox News reported.

Conejo’s fans know him best for his label, Felony Case Records, his clothing line, and framed pictures of himself, but to detectives with the Los Angeles police and the FBI Fugitive Task Force, he is the primary suspect in the killing of 25-year-old Mario Eduardo Gutierrez back in 2001.

The area where he grew up is dominated by the Harpys, a Latino gang with links to the Mexican Mafia. He often raps about his association the Harpys on songs such as “It’s All Comes Back,” “My Block” and “West Side Harpys.”

Martin attended a party in L.A’s Vermont Square neighborhood when a fight erupted between the DJ and multiple gang members.

Gutierrez tried to stop the fight and assist the DJ by pulling out his gun and fired several shots in the air, but his firearm was taken away.

He was brought outside, where he was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Martin along with Edger Luna, also known as “Looney,” were named as the primary suspects in the murder.

Martin fled to Mexico soon after the incident.

He found a snippet of success in 2001 after his song “Let’s Ride” was featured on the television show, “The Shield.”

While on the run, he has still managed to release dozens of albums on iTunes, and he has a devoted following on social media.

In the past few weeks, Martin’s Facebook page has made several pleas to “Free Conejo,” linking to a crowd-funding site named Funded Justice. The purpose of the page is to raise $30,000 for the man’s defense. In 5 days, slightly less than $1,000 has been donated.

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