‘Harlem Shake’ Co-Creator Found Shot Dead Inside Home: Report
One of the creators of the “Harlem Shake” dance that became a trend several years ago was shot and killed inside his Brooklyn home last month, according to the New York Daily News in a report.
Jesse “Smiley” Rutland was found shot dead at his house his house on Glenwood Road near Brooklyn Ave. in the East Flatbush neighborhood of the borough, the Daily News reported on Friday, Jan. 19. The shooting took place on Dec. 10, and he later died at Kings County Hospital.
— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) January 22, 2018
Rutland, who was a member of the Crazy Boyz Dance Crew, helped developed the “Harlem Shake.”
“Jesse (Smiley) Rutland has been senselessly murdered on in his home with his children nearby. He was shot at 7:35 a.m. His 6-year-old son attempted to revive him and ran out in the snow seeking help from a neighbor,” “Original Harlem Shakers” member Maurice Strayhorn posted on Dec. 16, according to the Daily News.
So late/sorry to hear this, one of the Original Harlem Shakers Jesse “Smiley” Rutland who gave the world The “Harlem Shake” dance was murdered in December. My sincerest Condolences to his family friends and the entire Harlem Shake Crew we thk u Jesse 🙏🏾 https://t.co/jN00trQa7e
— FREE (@missfree) January 20, 2018
The Daily News reported that Kumar Reid, 29, was arrested for Rutland’s murder last month. He was charged with second-degree murder as well as weapons charges.
Reid, if convicted, faces 25 years to life in prison. His attorney entered a not guilty plea on Friday, the paper reported.
According to the Original Harlem Shakers Facebook page, a funeral for Rutland was held last month.
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