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Family and friends remember Columbia rapper Speaker Knockerz

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Funeral services will be held Sunday for a local rapper who died suddenly March 6.

Derek McAllister, Jr. also known as Speaker Knockerz was found dead in his Columbia home.

Family, friends and many in the entertainment community came out to Lucky 13 in honor of Derek.

Some remembered him as a young man who had a bright future in hip hop.

"This guy was doing it in a way that just changed and grabbed the rest of the world and it was cut short," said DJ Prince Ice. "We mourn that, our hearts go out to his family and to his fans because you were seeing it just grow and it was about to become this. It was already this phenomenal thing happening with him but it was about to completely to a higher level."

The coroner ruled there was no foul play in McAllister's death and is still waiting on toxicology reports.

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