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Benzino thanks fans for prayers after funeral shooting

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Mar 30, 2014 | 3:03pm EDT

Rapper-turned-reality TV star Benzino has thanked fans for their prayers after he was hospitalised following a drive-by shooting at his mother's funeral. The hip-hop veteran, real name Raymond Scott, was hit by a bullet to the shoulder while travelling in the funeral procession in Duxbury, Massachusetts on Saturday morning (29Mar14). Police have arrested and charged his nephew, Gai Scott, with armed assault with intent to murder in connection to the incident, which took place after a dispute between the pair. Benzino had been listed in critical condition on Saturday, but he has since made enough of a recovery to reach out to fans on Instagram.com and share photos of himself from his hospital bed. In the caption for one image, uploaded to the site on Sunday (30Mar14), Benzino wrote, "Feel much better, GOD IS REAL... MY MOTHER TOUCHED ME, IM CERTAIN (sic)". Alongside another shot, in which the rapper held up a picture of Sunday's edition of the Boston Herald, which featured the headline, "Bloodshed at Funeral", he posted, "Then I wake up to this... I just wanna thank everybody who prayed and sent their sincere concerns for me and my mom, she was finally laid to rest amongst all the chaos, your kind words and thoughts have really helped me heal faster. although I will have a long road of physical therapy ahead of me, I will be even stronger. god is great and the devil is a lie (sic)". Benzino's nephew is due to be arraigned in court on Monday (31Mar14).

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