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Atlanta rapper Archie Eversole fatally shot by his brother, police say

Atlanta rapper Archie Eversole, best known for his stadium anthem “We Ready,” was fatally shot, and his brother has been accused in the slaying, police said Thursday.

Officers were called to a gas station March 25 and found Arthur “Archie” Eversole with serious wounds, DeKalb County police said.

Eversole was taken to a hospital. He died from his wounds April 3, police said.

Eversole’s brother, Alexander Kraus, has been charged with murder. He was arrested without incident less than a quarter-mile away on the night of the shooting, officials said.

It wasn’t clear Thursday whether Kraus had an attorney.

Eversole was mourned by fans of Atlanta United FC, a club that entered Major League Soccer in 2017 and is already one of the league’s most popular teams. Atlanta led MLS in attendance last season, and it drew 67,523 at its home opener this year.

His “We Ready,” a favorite of club supporters, is played throughout Atlanta matches. The club said Thursday it was devastated.

“We are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of Archie Eversole,” the team said. “A staple in the Atlanta hip-hop scene, Archie adopted Atlanta United before our first season and continued to be one of our club’s most fervent supporters.

“In addition to his decorated musical career, his voice will long live in our supporters’ minds as ‘We Ready’ billows through the speakers for kick-off at Atlanta United matches,” the club continued. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.”

“We Ready” topped out at No. 64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in July 2002.