Beloved Rapper’s Funeral Arrangements Announced, Police Asking For Leads

By Christina Carrega

Funeral arrangements were announced for a beloved Brooklyn-born rapper who was gunned down in front of a Woodhaven nightclub earlier this month.

Frank Snyder was outside of the Tavern Bar & Lounge on Jamaica Avenue on Oct. 7 with a group of other patrons when shots rang out from a car driving by.

 Flyer for the funeral for rapper Frankie Snyder known as “Hollywood Play” who was gunned down in front of Tavern Lounge in Queens. Photo courtesy of The National Action Network.

Flyer for the funeral for rapper Frankie Snyder known as “Hollywood Play” who was gunned down in front of Tavern Lounge in Queens. Photo courtesy of The National Action Network.

Sources familiar with the case said there was an incident inside the lounge where customers were having problems with a malfunctioning hookah device.

Snyder, 35, who is known under the moniker “Hollywood Play,” was shot in the neck and leg. He was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

The father of five children and two babies on the way is expected to lay to rest on Thursday. The funeral will be held at Greater St. Stephen United Church of God located at 874 Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn. Public viewing is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the funeral service will follow until 9 p.m.

“We celebrate Frankie’s life even as we tremble before this vulnerability,” wrote a relative, Debra Snyder, on a GoFundMe page launched to pay for the funeral arrangements. “Our celebration of our love for Frankie cannot dull these feelings. It is not about feeling better, but about finding strength and support in the sharing of this love.”

The family’s $2000 goal was surpassed.

Rev. Kevin McCall, the Crisis Director for the National Action Network and a representative for the Snyder family, said Synder was not the intended target.

"The worst feeling in the world is for a mother to bury a child and not knowing who killed their loved one,” said Rev. McCall. “We must continue the fight for justice by any means necessary," said Rev. Kevin McCall.”

No arrest have been made. The investigation is still ongoing, said Sgt. Jessica McRorie, a spokeswoman for the NYPD.

Snyder also leaves behind 23 brothers and sisters.

Police are offering a $2500 reward for any information related to Snyder’s murder. Calls to NYPD’s tip like 800-577-TIPS can remain anonymous.