The San Antonio rap community is mourning the loss of one of its members, Adam Glass, who was shot and killed while getting a haircut at North Star Mall on Sunday afternoon. Glass, who performed under the stage name Glizzy, was an aspiring artist who had a passion for music and a troubled past.
According to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, surveillance footage revealed that a car dropped off two unknown suspects wearing black hoodies at the mall around 3 p.m. The suspects entered the barbershop where Glass was sitting in a chair and opened fire, hitting him multiple times. They then fled the scene in the same car, leaving behind a chaotic and bloody scene. No other injuries were reported.
McManus said the motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but he did not rule out the possibility of gang involvement. Glass allegedly had a criminal history that included ties to the Bloods gang, according to court records. He was allegedly serving a 56-month sentence at a halfway house in San Antonio after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2019. He told a judge he was trying to make it as a rapper, and had recorded several songs and videos.
Glass’s mother, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral, described him as a loving son who was “truly loved by many that he came into contact with and stayed blessed no matter what obstacle came his way.” She said he always helped others and was passionate about making his music. Sadly as of today the page has only raised over $515 on $30,000 goal, which may show that people are very hesitant to donate, possibly because of his past.
Glass’s death is one of the latest incidents of gun violence in San Antonio, which has seen a surge in homicides and shootings this year. McManus said there has to be accountability for those who commit crimes and urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact the police. He also appealed to the public to help prevent violence by reporting any suspicious activity or illegal firearms.
Meanwhile, some community activists are working to mentor at-risk youth and steer them away from gangs and crime. Bennie Price, founder of Big Mama’s Safe House, a non-profit organization that provides tutoring, employment training, housing assistance, and food support to young people, said he wants to address the root problems of gun violence, such as poverty, low education, and single-parent homes.
Price, who served 23 years in prison for murder, said he knows firsthand the consequences of living a life of drugs and violence.
Price said he is organizing a “No More Violence Peace March and Rally” on June 9 at 7 p.m., starting at the corner of Walters and East Houston Street. He invited anyone who wants to join the cause or volunteer for his programs to attend.