Missing at Michigan/Detroit Police Department Armani Kelly, 38, Dante Wicker, 31, and Montoya Givens, 31
The search for three aspiring rappers ended Thursday in Detroit when bodies thought to be theirs were discovered in an abandoned Highland Park apartment complex.
Nearly two weeks after the Michigan men went missing the night of their canceled Jan. 21 performance at Lounge 31, police believe they have located Armani “Marley Whoop” Kelly, 38, Montoya Givens, 31, and Dante “B12.” Wicker, 31 years old. , according to WJBK.
The Detroit Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Michigan State Police shared updates from the scene on Twitter after discovering “several victims“in a building on the corner of McNichols and Log Cabin.
“Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident and more than likely will be there all night“, MSP said. “At this time, we have not confirmed the identity of any victim inside or the manner of death.
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Although MSP stressed that the victims had not yet been identified, Givens’ mother, Cat Fogle, confirmed that she had The Detroit News that the police informed her of the death of her son on Thursday afternoon.
“They told me they found the three bodies,” Fogel said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, how I’m going to bury him.”
Kelly told his fiancée Taylor Perrin the night he disappeared that the show Lounge had been canceled for an equipment problem and that he planned to meet friends and do some open-mic shows, The news reported.
Perrin said he stopped responding to communications around 7:30 p.m. The next morning, all three of their phones stopped sending data, according to an earlier report from WJBK.
Kelly’s mother, Lorrie Kemp, reported her missing on January 23, when she was able to use OnStar to help police locate her son’s car in Warren. The families of Givens and Wicker made the connection when they saw the report four days later and realized the three men knew each other.
“I’m just asking for help, for anything. I need answers, and if need be, I need closure, because I’ll never forget and I’ll never stop,” he said. Perrin told WJBK, explaining that Kelly was working, going to school and developing her rap career while bouncing back from a robbery arrest.
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Kemp noted in a Sunday post that his son met Givens and Wicker at the Department of Corrections while calling law enforcement’s response to their disappearances.
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“Yes these young men were at the DOC but they didn’t deserve this!” she wrote. “Shame on the police, shame on the whole state, and shame on Detroit. If only one police department had listened, maybe we wouldn’t be here!”
A source for The news said the bodies were found after police searched a home on Wednesday and brought in a person of interest, but it’s unclear whether he provided the information that led to the discovery.
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