Saturday evening (May 8) was a night to remember for R&B fans as the legendary girl groups SWV and Xscape went head-to-head for a Mother’s Day Weekend Verzuz celebration. The virtual jam-fest was filled with dancing, celebrity attendants, nostalgic hits and more.
However, one member of the dueling groups almost didn’t make it to the festivities. On Sunday (May 9), SWV’s Coko revealed she tragically witnessed a woman being shot outside of her hotel just before the Verzuz battle. The traumatic incident sent her into a panic attack, but thankfully her son and team were able to calm her down.
“Last night as I’m preparing for Verzuz, a lady was shot outside my hotel window,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “To see & hear the four shots, see her laying on the ground and all the blood was unbelievable!!”
“Thennnn...I get to the venue and had a really bad anxiety attack! Literally crying & screaming,” she continued. “Yeah y’all saw me looking uncomfortable & irritated during the first half but, if it wasn’t for my son @jayyemichael @ynottamiya & @mrljb I probably wouldn’t have been out there at all. Thank you for calming me down & understanding my mental. I love y’all to the fullest!! I always say most won’t care to understand but when you get those that do cherish them!!”
Coko’s friends and loved ones offered her further support in the post’s comments.
“You know I was worried about you and seeing something like that happen before a show would be jarring to anyone! Love you and so proud of how you pulled through!” one person wrote.
“Sorry to hear that you witnessed such a tragic event. Sending positive vibrations your way,” another added.
The next Verzuz installment is a rematch scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, but the contestants have not yet been announced. See Coko’s post on Instagram below.