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U.S. Marshals Increase Reward up to $20,000 for Virginia Rapper Charged with Murder of 10-Year-Old Boy

For immediate release

Christopher Leuer, Senior Inspector

Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force
Norfolk, VA
(757) 390-6313

Norfolk, VA – The U.S. Marshals Service has increased the reward up to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a Virginia woman wanted for the Aug. 9 murder of a 10-year-old boy in Franklin.

Tashawnda Nicole Drayton, 24, known by her rap name “23 Brazy,”is also known to identify as a male, according to her family and friends, and go by the name “Berlin Montrell,” along with the nickname of “Punnie.”

Drayton has ties up and down the east coast, primarily: New York City; Wilmington, Delaware; Richmond, Virginia; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Gaffney, South Carolina; and Atlanta.

Drayton is Black, with brown eyes and black hair, stands 5 feet 11 inches and weighs approximately 250 pounds. She has “only loyalty” tattooed above her left eyebrow, “23 Brazy” in red letters on her forehead, “blessed” on the left side of her neck, “Stacy” on the right side of her neck, along with several additional tattoos on her face and neck. Drayton also has multiple tattoos on both of her arms and hands, including “Tinka boo” on her left forearm, and “Stay Brazy” across her knuckles.

Wanted Fugitive - Tashawnda Nicole Drayton

(Credit: YouTube)

Tashawnda Nicole Drayton Tattoos

Right neck / face, left neck / face tattoos

Tashawnda Nicole Drayton Tattoos

 Knuckles, left forearm tattoos (Law enforcement photographs)

Drayton has the following outstanding arrest warrants from the Franklin Police Department in connection to a shooting that left a 10-year-old boy dead and an adult male injured in Franklin, Virginia, Aug. 9:

First-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied dwelling (two counts), use of a firearm in commission of a felony, threat to burn or damage a building, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and discharge of a firearm in a public place.

Drayton should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Drayton’s location should contact law enforcement. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information which leads to her arrest. Tips may be submitted through the USMS Tips App

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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