Tooka was Shondale Gregory’s street name. He was 15 years old and from Chicago.
Tooka was waiting for a bus on January 12, 2012, when a car pulled up in front of him. After a few words, a passenger got out of the car and shot the teen several times. On the spot, Tooka was said to be dead.
Tooka, whose real name was Shondale Gregory, was known to be a member of the Chicago gang the Gangster Disciples (GD). His shooting is thought to have been revenge for the death of 17-year-old Eddrick Walker, also known as Ty, who was a member of the Black Disciples (BD) and was killed by GD members.
In order to get back at the BD gang for killing Tooka, GD killed 20-year-old Odee Perry. Gakirah Barnes, one of Tooka’s best friends, may have been the one who killed him, says the Daily Mail. The Mail said that she was “one of the best-known female gang members in US history.”
Barnes was killed at the age of 17 in 2014, supposedly in response to the killing of Odee Perry.
Why does King Von hate Tooka?
King Von is a rapper from O Block, which is on the south side of Chicago. Other gang members named him after Odee Perry. King Von is the grandson of David Barksdale, also known as King Dave, who started BD.
As part of their rivalry, members of different Chicago gangs tease each other in songs and on social media. King Von has used the phrase “smoking tooka” more than once.
The Urban Dictionary says that “smoking tooka” is a term for strong marijuana. Black Disciples, led by Chief Keef, killed (smoked) Shondale “Tooka” Gregory. This is where the term came from. Now, the phrase “smoking tooka” is used to make fun of Shondale’s death.
King Von says in his song All These N****s, “Tooka in my lung, I say that every time, because he got smoked.”
Because of this line, Tooka is back in the news, and people online are trying to figure out why King Von seems to dislike him so much.
At 1:29 in the video, a user is heard saying “F*** Tooka, we killed him.” The video was first posted on Instagram. It got more than 8,000 views on live feed and is one reason why the teen’s name is now trending online, even though he died more than eight years ago.
Tooka is just one of many gang members who were killed violently and then made fun of online. But his name is now known all over the world, making him one of the few.