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‘Harlem Shake’ co-creator fatally shot in Brooklyn home

January 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
‘Harlem Shake’ co-creator fatally shot in Brooklyn home

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A member of the dance troupe that was responsible for the creation of the “Harlem Shake” craze was killed last month inside of his home in Brooklyn.

NYPD officials said Jesse (Smiley) Rutland was shot at his home in East Flatbush on December 10th.

The was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital, Vibe reported.

Rutland was a member of the Crazy Boyz Dance Crew which made the dance craze that took the world by storm in the early 2000s.

The Harlem Shake co-creator was fatally shot in his Brooklyn Home last month|

On the group’s Facebook page “Original Harlem Shakers,” another founding member Maurice Strayhorn wrote a heartfelt post about Rutland’s life and information about what happened after he was killed.

“Jesse (Smiley) Rutland has been senselessly murdered in his home with his children nearby. His six-year-old son attempted to revive him and ran into the snow seeking help from a neighbor,” Strayhorn said on December 16th.

Police arrested Kumar Reid that same day for Rutland’s killing.

The 29-year-old has charged second-degree murder and weapons possession.

On Friday, his lawyer Jay Schwitzman entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at his Supreme Court arraignment.

If found guilty, Reid faces 25 years to life behind bars.

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