John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner's office chief investigator , said Tab Virgil Sr. died from internal injuries and several fractures at the scene of the incident at about 4:30 a.m.
Virgil was crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near South Robertson Street when he was struck by an unknown vehicle driving north, New Orleans police said. The driver fled the scene.
His son, Tab Virgil Jr., known as Turk, is a New Orleans rapper best known for being part of the Hot Boys group along with Lil Wayne , Juvenile and BG in the late 90's.
He described his father as a great cook who loved his four children.
"My daddy was a good person," the younger Virgil, 32, said on Wednesday in a phone interview with NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune. "He was always happy, always making you laugh. Everyone around Uptown knew him. He never bothered anybody. He'll be missed by our family and the community of New Orleans." The rapper named his son after his father out of respect. "I kept the Tab name alive," he said. "My daddy was so proud of that." The slain man's family is asking the driver to surrender.
"That could have been anybody's father," the younger Virgil said. "It just happened to be mine. This should be an eye-opener. I just want the driver to come forward so we can get some closure." Police are currently investigating the incident and searching for the driver of the car. Detectives ask residents to check their surveillance cameras to see if they have recorded video of the hit-and-run.
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