Man Accused Of Killing Slim Dunkin Surrenders

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The man accused of killing Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin turned himself in to police Monday.

Vinson Hardimon, 28, also known as Young Vito, is being held at the Fulton County jail on murder and gun possession charges pending a bond hearing.

According to witnesses, while at a video shoot in a Memorial Drive studio, Slim Dunkin, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was shot in the chest on the evening of Dec. 16 during a fight that allegedly started over a piece of candy, police said.

Investigators believe Hardimon was the man who argued with Slim Dunkin, eventually pulling out a pistol and firing at the young rapper.

Atlanta police put out a lookout for Hardimon, and through the media advised Hardimon to turn himself in, warning that his life might be in danger.

“I got a call today from his attorney,” Atlanta police homicide Det. David Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “He said he wished to turn himself in.”

Sometime after 2 p.m., attorney Derrick Wright brought Hardimon to Atlanta Police headquarters, Quinn said. From there, Hardimon was taken to the Fulton jail.

Quinn pointed out that Hardimon’s appearance had changed significantly after the shooting, comparing his picture in the wanted poster to the man who showed up Monday.

“He cut off those dreadlocks and was clean-shaven,” Quinn said, pointing out a previous photo showed Hardimon with a dark goatee and mustache and long hair.

Hardimon has been arrested at least four times in Fulton County dating back to 2004 on charges ranging from traffic violations to aggravated assault and child cruelty.

Each arrest included charges for carrying a gun, whether illegally concealing weapons or using a firearm while committing a felony, according to jail records.

Slim Dunkin was considered an up-and-comer in local rap star Waka Flaka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly hip hop collective.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the facts behind the shooting, Quinn said.

“There were at least 30 people in the studio at the time of the shooting,” he said. “They should get in touch with me. We want the facts. It’s the right thing to do.”

Police are asking that anyone with information in the case call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477 or contact Quinn at 404-245-8039.

BREAKING NEWS: Police Name Suspect In Slim Dunkin’s Murder

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Police have identified the suspect in the murder of Slim Dunkin’ as Atlanta rapper Young Vito, real name Vinson Hardimon. He is currently not in custody and authorities are urging him to turn himself in as soon as possible because he may be in danger.

“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” reads the release, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The killing was believed to be preceded by an argument and physical altercation between the two over a piece of candy. And interestingly enough, Vito’s single Fish Scale On My Scale was only viewable via a YouTtube page linked to USDA, a southern rap group founded by Young Jeezy. It has since been removed. If the public has any information about the whereabouts of Young Vito, they are urged to call the tip line or the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

The news comes just as Slim’s family and friends prepare for his funeral. The Brick Squad affiliate’s funeral took place today (December 23) at 11 a.m. at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain. His childhood friend Waka Flocka and label mate Gucci Mane will be paying for most of his funeral including a “white horse-drawn carriage, massive white floral arrangements, and a white dove release ceremony,” according to TMZ. The wake was held Thursday afternoon at Willie A Watkins Funeral Home’s chapel. The rapper will be laid to rest at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia.


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