Outpouring of online support for Ludacris’ manager charged with murder

Arrest warrants released
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 12:13 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Many people are voicing their support on social media for 52-year-old music executive Chaka Zulu, who was arrested last week for murder and other charges stemming from an incident on June 26.

Newly released 911-calls depict a chaotic scene outside a Buckhead restaurant in June.

Atlanta Police responded to reports of a shooting outside the apartment 4B Restaurant on Peachtree Street.

The incident report says when officers arrived there were three men with gunshot wounds, and one died from his injuries.

According to a new criminal warrant obtained by CBS46, Ahmed Obafemi, also known as Chaka Zulu, knowingly and intentionally did commit the offense of murder, shooting Artez Jamil Benton in the chest with a firearm causing his death.

Chaka Zulu’s attorney argues he was attacked by a gang and forced to defend himself.

“It’s all, it’s all shocking,” said Curtis Daniel.

Daniel owns a recording studio in Atlanta and said he’s known and worked with Chaka Zulu for decades.

Zulu has managed hip-hop artist Ludacris since the late 1990s.

“I’ve been known Chaka for at least 25 years and I’ve never seen him even raise his voice or yell or be disrespectful or anything,” explained Daniel.

But those close to Chaka Zulu aren’t the only ones speaking out about this tragedy.

The family of the victim, Artez Benton provided this statement saying:

“The family is relieved that someone is finally being brought to justice for our loss. We are hopeful that law enforcement and the Fulton County prosecutors office will do the right thing and bring justice and closure to our family,” Daniel added.

ORIGINAL STORY: Ludacris manager Chaka Zulu among 3 shot in Buckhead

Zulu is the longtime manager for Ludacris.

A shooting in a parking lot on Peachtree Road in Buckhead left Zulu, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, with serious injuries and resulted in the death of 23-year-old Artez Benton. Another man was also shot and injured.

A statement from Zulu’s legal team was posted to Zulu’s Instagram account last night.

Thousands of people have commented on the post, including quite a few well-known names.

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Zulu’s sister Aiyisha Obafemi is also speaking out on social media, demanding justice and criticizing Atlanta Police Department.

According to the arrest warrants for Obafemi, he “knowingly and intentionally did commit the offense of murder, shooting Mr. Artez Bention in the chest with a firearm.”

Another warrant says Obafemi “intentionally cause physical harm” to a victim by “choking” and “slamming his head against the rear window of a vehicle.”

Zulu reportedly turned himself in on Sept. 13 and was booked into Fulton County Jail. He was released the same day on bond. He is facing four charges, including murder, aggravated assault, simple battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Zulu’s lawyers claim that the music executive fired his gun in self-defense.