The funeral arrangements for South African rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes have been confirmed by his family.
On Friday night, February 10, AKA was killed in a drive-by shooting on Florida Road.
On Tuesday, February 14, his family posted a press statement about his memorial and funeral arrangements on his Instagram page.
“Memorial and funeral details of Kiernan ‘Aka’ Jarryd Forbes,” parts of the announcement stated.
“We, the Forbes family, would want to express our gratitude for the outpouring of affection we have received in recent days.
Kiernan was not only adored by his family, but by the entire country, as seen by loved ones, friends, industry colleagues, media accolades, and the legacy”.
“It is our wish to celebrate the life of Kiernan with those he touched and impacted through his gift of music. As a result, his memorial will be open to the public and streamed online.
“Kiernan will be laid to rest in a private provincial funeral on Saturday, February 18, 2023”.
“Memorial information includes Date: Friday, February 17, 2023, Time: 15:00, Location: Santon Convention Center”.
According to South African authorities, evidence gathered thus far leads them to think that popular rapper AKA was murdered.
Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, Chief of Police in KwaZulu-Natal, said the gunman approached AKA from behind and shot him on the side of the head at close range.
“A second gunman then opened fire to dissuade spectators from reacting to the “hit,” he claimed.
One of these shots killed AKA’s friend, famed chef Tibz Motsoane.
On Friday night, a shooting occurred outside a restaurant in the seaside city of Durban.
While authorities investigate what happened to AKA, whose real name was Kiernan Forbes, his father has begged that people refrain from speculating on social media.
According to AKA’s Dad, Tony Forbes, the family is focussing on giving their son “a dignified send-off”, and he has appreciated the many well-wishers whose support is “making it easier to cope”.
He also paid respect to Motsoane, saying he was “like a brother” to AKA.