Detroit police are searching for three rappers, Armani Kelly (28), Dante Wicker (31), and Montoya Givens (31), who were supposed to perform at Lounge 31 on Detroit’s east side on January 21, but haven’t been heard from since that day.
Police are not sure if the rappers actually made it to the venue.
Armani Kelly’s mom, Lorrie Kemp, was the first one to report her son missing, but she doesn’t believe he is alive.
I don’t want to be “Dateline” and wait 20 years to find his body.
She believes someone he met in prison may have set him up.
I’m angry because you did eight years in prison, and you didn’t die, and now you come out and they kill you.
He’s dead!… I don’t care…
I love that people are optimistic, and I love that they think there’s hope.
I know in my gut, I’m the mother…
What bothers me the most is that he had his whole life ahead of him.”
Kelly’s fiancée, Taylor Perrin, said he text her the day of the show and said that it had been canceled, and then he stopped answering his phone.
Monday roles around and we still heard nothing, and that’s when she went and filed the missing person report.
And then I drove four hours to pick her up, and then three hours to Detroit.
Kemp was forced to file a police report in Oscoda, Michigan because that’s where she last saw her son, but after tracking his car, she realized it had moved three times in the city of Warren.
The vehicle was found at a condo complex in Warren by police.
Kemp felt like the police were dragging their feet on the investigation because she had been physically searching for her son since January 22.
I’m doing everything I possibly can. I’m out there hitting the roads, hitting the pavements.
Where is the police department?
They didn’t do their job.
Kemp felt like the police didn’t take the investigation seriously until police agencies in multiple jurisdictions realized Dante Wicker and Montoya Givens, who reportedly rode to the show with Kelly, were also missing.
Commander Michael McGinnis of the Detroit Police Major Crimes unit made the following statement:
The fact that the three of them are missing together is very concerning and very alarming for us.
Police are encouraging people that may have any information on the three men to call 1-800-SPEAK UP.
Source: The Grio