Earl Lee, 27, was arrested and charged on Nov. 8 for the fatal shooting of David Boykin, the promising Baltimore rapper also known as “President Davo.” (Courtesy of Baltimore Police Department)

By Chrisleen Herard,
Special to the AFRO

Baltimore police made an arrest in connection with the homicide of David Boykin, a Baltimore rapper known in the city as “President Davo.” Boykin was shot and killed while sitting on a front porch in the South Clifton Park Neighborhood on Oct. 6. 

Surveillance footage assisted authorities in locating 27-year-old Earl Lee after the getaway vehicle was captured on video. Investigators were then able to link the car back to Lee, who was on probation at the time of Boykin’s murder.

On Oct. 6, Boykin was sitting on a porch on Cliftwood Avenue when an unknown assailant, suspected to be Lee, came from a nearby alleyway and fired several shots, according to arrest documents. Police found the 28-year-old rapper unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds before he was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

When Lee reported to his probation appointment, which was scheduled for Nov. 8, the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Task Force detained and transported him to the Central Booking Intake Facility, where he was charged with first-degree murder and several gun violations.

Following his arrest, Lee allegedly confessed to fatally shooting Boykin and owning a loaded firearm that was found in his car, according to police. Lee is currently being held on a no-bail status at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center while pending a preliminary hearing on Dec. 6.

Boykin leaves behind his children and a legacy as a voice for Baltimore after becoming well-known for his melodic storytelling. Since he began his career in 2017, Boykin has grown a fan base of over 100,000 supporters and a discography of 11 albums, featuring his renowned single, “I Don’t Wanna Be a Playa.”