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So I’m scrolling my IG page, and I’m stunned when I begin to read, “Rapper YNW Melly has tested positive for COVID-19.” I mean, WTH? He’s in jail, right? This is craziness. The coronavirus has everyone on lockdown; only we’re not in the Broward jail like Jamell Demons. How and when did this happen to him? 

Jamell would be YNW Melly’s given name if you didn’t know. He’s only 20-years-old, and he’s fighting more fights right now than he should be. His attorney is going to file a “motion for restricted release in hopes of better care,” said the Instagram post, which went out Thursday (April 2nd) night.

“Yes, he has tested positive for COVID-19,” Cohen said in an email. “I am currently representing him for the emergency motion for his conditional release. The jails and prisons in this country are creating an extremely dangerous situation by not providing hand sanitizer and proper hygiene care,” Cohen said. “I have prepared and will be filing an emergency motion in the morning for his conditional release.”

YNW Melly is from Gifford, FL, and with over 3 million Instagram followers, it is apparent he was blowing up like fireworks on the 4th of July. It’s not every day a young rapper collaborates with Kanye West. However, life happened. The police pick Melly up on not one, but two charges of first-degree murder. The prosecuting attorney alleges he killed two of his friends in 2019 and tried to make it appear as if the shooting was a drive-by. YNW Melly pleads not guilty.

This is proof we all need to take this virus seriously. Anyone anywhere can get it. I personally know someone who has died from it. Do right, if not for you, then for the people who love you. Wear the mask and gloves and wash your hands, but most of all, stay at home and pray we get through this alive. I wish him and his family the best, though. 

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