An aspiring rap artist from Miramar was killed in front of his family during a home invasion robbery Tuesday night, his brother-in-law said.
Raymond Edwin Adderly Jr., 33, a father of three, was slain about 9 p.m. inside his home in the 8300 block of Sherman Circle, police said. The heist didn't appear to be a random act, police said.
The robbers killed Adderly in front of his wife and three sons, ages 3, 5 and 7, just after the family had arrived home from a Christmas play, according to his brother-in-law, Gentry Chambers.
Adderly was ahead of his family going into their home when male robbers appeared and forced the family inside, yelling "give us everything," Chambers said.
Chambers wasn't present during the robbery, but he recalled what his sister, Adderly's wife, told him. "My sister is strong," he said. "She is just trying to stay strong for the kids."
Chambers, who runs a home health care company, said he was at work when his mother called him with the news.
Adderly was shot after giving the men all of the money he had in his pockets and pleading with them to not to harm his family, Chambers said.
The attackers fled the scene in at least one vehicle, said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
Adderly was an aspiring rap artist, currently working on his first album. He is a childhood friend of Rick Ross, well known in the rap community. "They were like best friends, real close," Chambers said .
Adderly's stage name is "Nutzo." Friends used to call him "peanut" when he was a child.
Adderly "was just a kind, humble guy," Chambers said. "He wasn't a man of many words, but he was a man of many actions."
Lately, he was trying to spend more time with his kids. "He was just starting to turn it all around and become a better father," Chambers said. "This year he went from just being that rapper guy, to being a dad."
Chambers referred to Adderly as a "hood hero." He said many people looked up to him because he grew up in the rough parts of Carol City, yet found success in life and love. Adderly married his childhood sweetheart, Tameka, Chambers said.
When Tiffany Douglas, a neighbor, returned home from the mall after 10 p.m. Tuesday, she saw Sherman Circle taped off and police investigating, she said.
Wednesday morning, Douglas was in her pajamas walking her two small dogs in the tree-lined neighborhood. As she stood across the street from the Adderly home — a pink house with a white picket fence and a black sedan parked outside — the neighbor said she was in shock.
"It's just sad because kids were involved," she said.
Describing her neighborhood as safe, Douglas said she suspected Adderly's attackers might have known him personally. "I don't think this was random," she said.
Chambers said the incident comes as a complete shock, saying that he knew of Adderly having no enemies."That's the thing, we are all appalled, this was a man that was loved, it's senseless," he said.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477