Aspiring rapper, friend shot dead outside mixtape launch party in Hamilton Heights

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HAMILTON HEIGHTS (PIX11) --29-year-old Boy Summa Benz was gunned down on 151st street and Broadway early Sunday morning.

Those who knew him say Summa, whose real name is Francisco Mercedez, was trying to protect his friend 21-year-old Kenny Jimenez who was also shot and killed.

Hundreds gathered on the sidewalk where the men were gunned down, possibly by a drive by shooter, to mourn. Miguel Mercedez says his brother was in the midst of signing a record deal.

"His music is about what we went through when we were younger, what the community went through. "

The predominantly Dominican community is mourning said Ramone Acosta. "We are family out here."

Police aren't saying much about the investigation,  but late Sunday night detectives could be seen scouring the area for clues.