NEW YORK, NY. (THECOUNT) — Faizal “FAIYA” Coto, an aspiring rapper and New York City firefighter, has been identified as the victim in an apparent road rage incident Sunday.

Coto, 33, was killed while off-duty in a suspected road-rage incident following an early morning collision on a Brooklyn highway.


Police say officers responded to reports of a crash on Belt Parkway and discovered Coto lying next to his damaged 2008 Ford Mustang with head trauma around 4:45 a.m. Sunday.

Coto was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say they’re investigating to determine how Coto received his injuries. The other driver involved in the collision fled the scene before officers arrived. source

Coto was with the fire department for three years. He was assigned to a Engine 245 in Coney Island. He was also an aspiring rapper and hip hop artist performing under the name FAIYA.

FAIYA recently posted on Facebook that he was getting back into his music and he thanked his fans for their support.

Anyone with possible information on the incident should contact police immediately at 911.