He was 20 years old.
The day before Willingham was seen at the Club MAUI for a graduation party with his closest friends and backup members of his group.
Willingham had only recently signed to Y.E.A. To Prince Keels for a record deal.
He had previously spent time in Atlanta, Ga., honing his craft at a local showcase for independent artists. He won several titles in the process.
His ultimate goal was to move from Anderson, S.C., and he wanted to motivate people through his music.
Two suspects in his murder have been arrested and denied bond. They are awaiting sentencing in an Anderson, S.C., jail at press time.
Fortunately, friends and family have taken it upon themselves to keep Willingham and his memory alive and well.
The http://cantstophiphopworldwide.com blog has a specific piece written in Willingham's memory, and now the blog owner is reaching out to the hip hop and rap communities.
“I want other hip hop blog owners to read my blog and link to it. I do not want this rich gift of talent to be wasted into a simple statistic. The more the better,” said the owner of the blog.
The Can't Stop Hip Hop Worldwide blog is dedicated to the hip hop and rap industry. The blog features videos, news, mix tapes and more from the world of hip hop and the lifestyle. The blog is also updated regularly.
Willingham was featured on the Fox affiliate for Carolina. The video is available here: http://www.foxcarolina.com/
and an interview with Willingham and his father is available here: http://www.foxcarolina.com/
Read more about Willingham at www.cantstophiphopworldwide.com.