Authorities found the bodies of three Michigan rappers at an abandoned Detroit apartment nearly two weeks after they vanished after a cancelled gig in the city.
Armani Kelly, 28, Dante Wicker, 31 and Montoya Givens, 31, were discovered under debris at the vacant Northcourse Apartments in Highland Park on Thursday around 6pm The Detroit News reported.
The three went missing on January 21 after their performance at Lounge 31 was called off due to ‘technical problems.’
Last week, police found a car belonging to Kelly in the possession of a 15-year-old who was taken into custody. No signs of a struggle were evident in the car. It is unclear whether the teenager led to the discovery of the missing men.
Armani Kelly, 28, left, Dante Wicker, 31, center, and Montoya Givens, 31, right, have been found dead after they went missing on January 21 in Detroit
They were discovered under debris at the vacant Northcourse Apartments in Highland Park on Thursday around 6pm
Michigan State Police Lieutenant Mike Shaw told the news outlet that the apartment where the bodies were found is not operating.
‘It’s supposed to be abandoned, but there are a lot of squatters in there,’ Shaw said.
While Shaw didn’t confirm the three men’s identities, a source revealed them to The Detroit News.
Montoya Givens, 31, pictured, reportedly met Kelly and Dante Wicker while the trio served time in prison
Kelly’s mother Lorrie Kemp previously said she fears her son has been killed by former inmates following his release for an armed robbery charge last year.
Kemp and Kelly’s fiancé Taylor Perrin first reported him missing two days after his disappearance, but it took police a week to realize Wicker and Givens had also vanished in what investigators have called an ‘extraordinary’ case.
Kelly had previously spent eight years in prison for armed robbery, which is where he met the other two missing men, according to his fiancé.
After their mysterious disappearance, his mother has said she fears the rapper may have been targeted by those he encountered behind bars.
‘I’m angry because you did eight years in prison and you didn’t die, and now you come out and they kill you,’ Kemp said.
‘He’s dead – I don’t care. I love that people are optimistic, and I love that they think there’s hope, but I know in my gut.’
Kelly had previously spent eight years in prison for armed robbery, which is where he met the other two missing men
The men haven’t been seen since a performance at Detroit club Lounge 31 was cancelled at the last minute on January 21 due to technical problems
Armani Kelly’s mother Lorrie Kemp knew her son was dead before his body was discovered on Thursday
The trio were driving to Detroit together but it remains unclear if they ever made it to the club.
Kelly, who goes by the stage name Marley Whoop, was set to perform just his second ever show when he was told the gig was called off at the last minute.
It is understood that the 28-year-old last left his mother a voicemail at around 5pm telling her he had arrived in Detroit for the show, before later texting his fiancé Perrin, that the gig had been cancelled.
Perrin said she became increasingly worried when her messages to him stopped delivering at around 7.30pm, and police said the phones belonging to Kelly and the two men he was with have not recorded any activity since that evening.
‘We always had contact,’ Perrin told Detroit News.
‘We didn’t go hours without talking or at least sending a text to let the other know we’re OK. So, my mind is racing. I couldn’t sleep all night.
‘I just don’t understand how this happened and how there’s three grown men missing, and nobody seems to know anything.’
Taylor Perrin, right, said she became concerned about her fiancé Armani Kelly, left, after he stopped responding to her messages on the night of his disappearance on January 21
Perrin started a frantic search after Kelly stopped responding to her, including tracking his car using vehicle security service OnStar.
After locating his car online, she saw that it had been driven to the city of Warren around 15 miles from Detroit, where it was suspiciously moved three times in the days following his disappearance.
The car was first tracked to a church two days after the cancelled performance, before it was then moved to an apartment complex the next day.
The vehicle was eventually found in a different apartment parking lot by police four days after, without a trace of the three men.
Perrin said the car was discovered covered with mud and without a license plate.
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