Three rappers were killed in a triple homicide earlier this year in suburban Detroit . Investigators are investigating the case. They said that the killings were caused by gang violence, and nothing to do music.
Authorities said that the bodies of Armani Kelly, Montoya Givens, Detroit, and Dante Wicker, Melvindale, Michigan, were discovered in an abandoned apartment in Highland Park, six miles northwest of Detroit.
Michigan State Police stated Friday that the incident was related to gang violence.
“This homicide wasn’t random,” stated in a tweet. It also said that it had nothing do with “music or a performance.”
Lorrie Kemp, Kelly’s mother has not denied the gang-related characterization. The Detroit Free Press reported in February that Kemp claimed the crime was gang-related revenge for her son’s imprisonment.
Kemp spoke to NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit about the triple homicide.
In a segment that aired Friday on the station, she stated, “Did you know Armani was part of a gang?” “No. Did he get in a gang in prison? Yes.”
The Detroit News reported that Kelly was released from prison in 2022. He was being held on an armed theft charge. Taylor Perrin, his fiancee, said that he had “really turned his life around.”
The three disappeared around the same time that a Detroit performance was cancelled. When the bodies of the missing persons were discovered on February 2, it became a homicide investigation.
Police stated that the cause of death in a Feb. 7 report was multiple gunshot wounds.
Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson said that it does not have any public information about possible people of interest.
The primary investigation agency in the case, Michigan State Police (the Michigan State Police), said that no one was being held in custody for the triple homicide. They also asked for tips and witnesses to help bring closure for the families of the victims.
The agency stated that “there are other people who know the details” and requested their assistance.