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Desmone Jerome Sr., an up-and-coming artist, known to and loved by fans as "BTY YoungN" died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the age of 27. He was born on December 12, 1989 to Gabrielle Jerome and Robert Smith in New Orleans, LA.

As a child, Desmone began rapping at 11 years old and attended Riverdale High School in Jefferson, LA. In 2003, BTY formed and Desmone began rapping under the moniker YoungN.

Known for his generous heart, outgoing personality, love for kids and winning smile - YoungN leaves behind to cherish his memories, his mother, Gabrielle Jerome; father, Robert Smith; a son, Desmone Jerome, Jr.; 1 sister Waynisha DeArmas, 2 step sisters - Keshawn and Joiesha; brothers: Lance Jackson, Michael Henry, Gerald Jerome, Robert Smith I, Robert Smith II, Reynard Smith, Robette Smith, John Zeno, Robert Zeno, Kernell Zeno; 5 aunts; 4 uncles; a devoted companion, Keva Levy; and a host of other beloved relatives, friends and fans.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dorothy and Joseph Jerome; aunts Yolanda, Beverly and Paulette Jerome; uncles Errol and Ralph Jerome.

Relatives, friends and fans are invited to celebrate YoungN's life on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 at 10:00AM. Visitation will begin at 8:00 AM. Interment: Providence Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave.
*Family is requesting no pictures or cell phones at service*