Troy Ave Launches Scholarship for Shooting Victim

By Annie Reuter

Troy Ave has created The Ronald McPhatter Scholarship to honor his late friend, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, who was shot and killed last month at New York concert venue Irving Plaza.

Related: Troy Ave Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder After T.I. Concert Shooting

Ave has donated $10,000 to Brooklyn, New York’s New Utrecht High School, where he, Banga and Ave’s younger brother attended and played football, reported HipHopDX.

The rapper’s lawyer, John Stella, said the money will be distributed in $2,000 increments each year and the recipients will be chosen by the high school football program.

Banga died after gunfire broke out before a T.I. concert in New York. Ave is seen in surveillance footage firing a gun backstage and has pled not guilty.

“The most important thing in this case is that Troy Ave is an actual victim here,” his defense attorney Scott Leemon told AllHipHop. “He didn’t shoot himself, he didn’t shoot his lifelong friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter. Ronald died a hero and should be remembered that way. The snippet of the video released by NYPD doesn’t tell the whole story.”

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