Disturbing video shows rapper Goonew’s “EMBALMED BODY” backed on stage at a capital nightclub: mourners party alongside his corpse weeks after he was shot
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- Markle Moreau, 24, was playing Goonew, on March 18
- The rapper’s funeral was held on Sunday at the capital’s Bliss nightclub, where what appeared to be his embalmed body was propped up on stage.
- Videos and photos taken during the event went viral, angering some fans
- Bliss management has sought to distance itself from the controversy, saying the club “did not know what was going to happen”.
A nightclub has sparked outrage after hosting a “funeral” that appeared to be the mummified body of a rising rapper who was shot dead during a robbery two weeks ago.
Fans of rapper Goonew were stunned when cellphone recordings emerged from the event, dubbed The Final Show, which was held at the Bliss Club in Washington, DC, on Sunday night.
The 24-year-old rapper, whose real name was Markel Moreau, was gunned down March 18 at the 3,400 block of Walters Lane in District Heights.
His mother, Patrice Parker Morrow, said her son was shot in the back during a burglary and a large, bejeweled necklace he had always worn was stolen. NBC 4.
A funeral for Washington, DC-based rapper Markel Morrow, 24, who performed under the stage name Goonew, was held at Bliss nightclub, where his apparently embalmed body was put on public display.
Viral videos and photos from the raucous funeral show the deceased elegantly dressed and sporting a crown
Mourners were said to have paid a $40 cover fee to enter the club. The videos show people in a crowded place dancing and singing around the dead rapper’s body
Morrow was shot dead in Washington, D.C. on March 18 during a burglary, according to his family
On Sunday, a large crowd of mourners gathered to bid farewell to rising rapper Bliss, who bills himself as “the perfect place for a classy night of relaxation and dancing”.
celebrity news site shadow room Guests reportedly paid $40 to attend Morrow’s homecoming.
Videos recorded during the event show what appears to be Moro’s body, eyes open, propped up on stage wearing a princely hooded shirt, ripped jeans emblazoned with flames and sneakers, and paired with a watch and gold crown.
The crowd is seen dancing and singing as strong multi-colored lights illuminate the crowded venue. At some point, fireworks are set off right next to Morrow.
Several Instagram commenters were appalled by the horrific show, calling it “weird”, “disturbing” and “disrespectful”.
However, others defended the raising of Moreau’s body on stage, saying that’s what his family wanted.
Bliss nightclub management released a statement on their Instagram page on Monday that sought to distance themselves from the growing controversy over the expulsion.
“Bliss has been contacted by a local funeral home to rent our venue for Goonew’s homecoming celebration,” the letter read. Bliss was not aware of what would happen. We sincerely apologize to all those who may be upset or upset.
“Please keep the Goonew family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.”
On Monday, Bliss Club management sought to distance itself from the controversy surrounding the unusual funeral, noting that the club “has not shied away from what will happen.”
Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Moro’s killers
While it is unclear from videos and photos taken during the funeral that the figure on the stage is Morrow’s actual body, rapper Black Fortune, who performed at the event, insisted that it was the real body of the dead rapper.
Black Fortune wrote on Instagram Stories: “No that’s not what wax looks like… Brodie is out of gansta.”
Calls and emails to Bliss seeking comment on Monday were not returned.
No arrests were made in the Morrow shooting, and police in Prince George’s County are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
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