The Michigan State Police gave new information about the deaths of Armani Kelly, 38, and Montoya Givens and Dante Wicker, both 31, whose bodies were found on February 2 in an abandoned apartment complex. Authorities say that gang violence is linked to the deaths of three men in Michigan.
The Michigan State Police started looking into the deaths of rappers Armani Kelly, 38, Dante Wicker, 31, and Montoya Givens, 31, after they were reported missing on January 21, the same night that their show at Lounge 31 in Detroit was canceled.
After almost two weeks, on February 2, their bodies were found in an abandoned apartment complex in Highland Park. First Lieutenant Michael Shaw of the Michigan State Police told NBC affiliate WDIV that it looked like “they were killed upstairs and then dumped in the basement.”
The Michigan State Police tweeted on Friday that there is still no suspect in custody. They also gave new information about the case by saying, “This murder was not arbitrary and had nothing to do with music or a performance.”
“This happened because of gang violence,” the update said next. “There are more people who know more about what happened, and it’s time for them to come forward. WJBK says that Armani Kelly’s mother, Lorrie Kemp, reported her son missing on January 23.
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Investigative Update/Public Assistance Request:
Detectives are continuing to investigate the triple homicide in Highland Park that occurred on or before February 2nd. We continue to ask for public assistance with tips on this investigation. 1/ pic.twitter.com/bF76rJdzih
— MSP Second District (@mspmetrodet) March 17, 2023
She was able to help police find her son’s car in Warren with the help of OnStar. When the families of Montoya Givens and Dante Wicker saw the news report four days later, they found out that all three men knew each other. “I just beg for help, for anything.
I need answers and, if it comes down to it, I need closure, because I will never ignore and I will never give up “Kelly’s fiancee, Taylor Perrin, told the outlet that Kelly was working, going to school, and working on his rap career while he was getting over an arrest for robbery.
The Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Data Center’s 2021 report shows that the number of violent crimes has gone up by 0.3% since 2020 and by 9.2% since 2017. Even though the number of murders in the state went down in 2020, it was still higher than in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
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