Nicki Minaj has praised a teenager as a ‘true hero’ after he was ordered by his mom to shoot a man dead who had beaten her up – and has offered to pay his college tuition.
Carlishia Hood, 35, had been accused of getting her son, 14, to shoot dead Jeremy Brown, 32, on June 18.
Charges against the two were ditched after Cooks County State Attorney Kim Foxx announced her office had backtracked on the charges.
Now, rapper Minaj has offered to pay the college fees of Hood’s son and praised him as a ‘true hero’.
Minaj, pictured in New York City last September, shared a post about the case onto her Instagram page
In her post, Minaj now praised the teenager as a ‘true hero’ and offered to pay for his college tuition
Carlishia Hood, 35, (right) was initially accused of murder along with her son (left) when footage emerged of him running into a Chicago restaurant and shooting a man dead
Posting on Instagram, Minaj said: ‘That 14 year old boy that backed dat hammer out when that grown ass man was punching his mother in the face as if she were a man is a true hero.
‘If he wants to go to college, I’d love to help. It’s what any son should’ve done for their mother.’
Minaj, whose husband is a convicted sex offender, continued: ‘She raised a dope kid and should be so proud. Also, God knew before she knew that she’d be attacked that day and made sure they had protection on deck. God is GOOD.’
Hood was released from the Cook County Jail on Monday after being locked up for nearly five days, and her son was also freed from the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
The saga started when she went to the Maxwell Street Express takeout restaurant in the West Pullman district just before 11pm, with her son staying in the car.
Footage released by police initially showed the boy running into the restaurant and opening fire, shooting Brown in the back.
But a new surveillance video that shows Brown punching Hood multiple times led to the charges being dropped.
Brown could be seen yelling at Hood to ‘get your food!’ as she starts to argue with him.
While she continued to yell back at him, he shouted: ‘Oh my God, if you say one more thing, I’m going to knock you out.’
He then took a big swing and punched her, with other customers in the store looking on in horror and running away.
Foxx had initially charged the mother with murder and contributing to the delinquency of a minor – but has since dropped the charges after the new video came to light.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced Monday her decision to drop charges against Hood and her son
Prosecutors have since dropped the charges after footage emerged of Jeremy Brown, 32, attacking Hood
Hood’s 14-year-old son is seen in the Chicago police video entering the restaurant, hands in pockets, then drawing a gun
Brown, 32, was caught on camera beating Hood after shouting at her to ‘get her food’, with surveillance footage then showing Hood’s son, 14, shooting him in the back.
Prosecutors initially claimed Hood told her son to keep shooting Brown until he was dead, as well as encouraging him to aim for Brown’s girlfriend.
The teenager, who has not been named, followed Brown out of the restaurant and fired additional shots.
Mother and son then took off in their car, with police asking for help tracking them down until they handed themselves in on June 21.
Hood broke down in tears during a press conference, where she announced that she would be filing a lawsuit against the City of Chicago.
Attorneys for the family filed the four-count complaint where they alleged malicious prosecution, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Hood is seen in her mugshot after her arrest on a murder charge.
Speaking at a press conference, Hood said: ‘I’ve experienced pain in many ways, many ways that I would never have thought. Never.
‘What happened to me was totally unnecessary. Never in a million years would I have imagined being brutally attacked, beaten and then arrested.
‘I am thankful that the Cook County State’s Attorney dismissed the case.’
Court documents state that Brown ‘punched (Hood) in the head three times’ – but did not bring up self-defense. It is unclear exactly what was in the new footage to make the DA change her stance on the charges.
Foxx said in a statement: ‘Based upon our continued review and in light of emerging evidence, today the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) has moved to dismiss the charges against Carlishia Hood and her 14-year-old son.
‘Based upon the facts, evidence, and the law, we are unable to meet our burden of proof in the prosecution of these cases.’
A legal analyst previously said that no charges should have even been brought against Hood in the first place, because of Illinois self-defense law.
Local law permits the use of deadly force against violent criminals putting victims in mortal danger.
That force can either be used by the victim themselves – or someone such as a family member trying to save them.
It comes as Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty are said to be at the center of a petition which has asked them to move out of Hidden Hills over ‘safety concerns’.
The petition was first started in December, 2022, after the couple purchased a $19.5 million home in the same gated community as as Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian
The petition goes on to urge locals to put ‘resident’s safety first’ and states that the 40-year-old superstar’s spouse is a ‘level 3 sex offender, convicted for the attempted rape of a 16-year-old-girl.’
It also claims that Petty has a ‘high likelihood to reoffend’ and ‘is currently under house arrest for failing to register as a sex offender in California as law demands it.’