Shooting death of 3 missing rappers was ‘linked to gang violence’, Michigan police say

(CNN) The deaths of three Michigan rappers whose bodies were found in an abandoned building in early February were linked to gang violence, state police said, asking members of the public who may have information about the to come forward.

In a series of tweets Friday, Michigan State Police confirmed they are continuing to investigate the triple homicide of 28-year-old Armani Kelly; Dante Wicker, 31; and Montoya Givens, 31, who were reported missing after their Jan. 21 performance at a Detroit club was canceled.

Their bodies were found nearly two weeks later in the Highland Park apartment complex, about 6 miles northwest of Detroit, and state police later said they had all died of several gunshot wounds.

“This was an incident related to gang violence,” Michigan State Police said on Twitter Friday, addressing what they said were “rumors” circulating about the investigation. “This homicide was not random and had nothing to do (sic) with any music or performance.”

While no one is in custody, police said: ‘There are other people who know the details and we need them to come forward.

“Together we can end these families,” state police said.

Police were first alerted to the men’s disappearance by Kelly’s mother, who reported him missing on Jan. 23, Detroit Police Department major crimes commander Michael McGinnis previously said.

As the story of Kelly’s disappearance has garnered media attention, “other family members of the other missing realize he’s a friend of their loved ones and they haven’t seen them. either, so they’re both missing,” McGinnis said.

The bodies were discovered on February 2, in the police compound described as “infested with rats”. Several days later, state police confirmed “this was not a random incident” and said investigators believe they have determined a motive.

CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.


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