Who is Tooka, exactly?
Tooka, a 15-year-old Chicago resident going by the alias Shondale Gregory, was one of Tooka’s many aliases.
While waiting for a bus on January 12th, 2012, Tooka was struck by a passing vehicle. He was shot many times by a passenger who stepped out of his car following an exchange of words with the teenager. Tooka was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Known as Tooka, Shondale Gregory (also known as Tooka) was an active member of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples gang (GD). GD members are believed to have slain 17-year-old Eddrick Walker, alias Ty, who was a member of the Black Disciples (BD). His shooting is assumed to have been in reprisal for his killing.
To exact revenge for Tooka’s death, GD assassinated 20-year-old Odee Perry, also a member of the BD gang. This may have been the murder of Tooka Barnes, one of her closest friends, according to a Daily Mail report. According to the Mail, she was “one of the most notorious female gang members in American history.”.
Odee Perry’s murder was blamed for the death of Barnes, a 17-year-old high school student, in 2014.
To what end does King Von hold Tooka in such contempt?
In the O Block neighbourhood of Chicago’s south side, fellow gang members dubbed him “King Von” after Odee Perry. David Barksdale, a.k.a. King Dave, the company’s founder, has a grandson by the name of King Von.
King Von has described “smoking tooka” several times as part of the competition between Chicago gangs, and he’s not the only one.
Smoking a ‘takea’ is a term used to indicate powerful marijuana, according to Urban Dictionary. Tooka was killed by Chief Keef’s crew, the Black Disciples, after Shondale ‘Tooka’ Gregory was smoked to death. Shondale’s death is now referred to as “smoking tooka.”
Every time King Von raps the words “Tooka in my lung I say it every time,’cause (he was) smoking.” (He was smoking)
Tooka is back in the news because of this line, and the internet is wondering why King Von is so enraged by him.
Apparently, King Von was beaten up by Tooka at some point, as one Redditor theorised on the community’s platform.
“F*** Tooka we killed him,” a user can be heard yelling in the video at 1:29. Over 8,000 people watched the live feed of the footage that was originally shared to Instagram, and the teen’s name is now trending online eight years after his death.
Many gang members have been brutally murdered and then humiliated online. In any case, he’s one of the select few whose name is now well-known around the globe.