MSP make plea for help in solving homicides of 3 rappers found in Highland Park abandoned building

Since their bodies were discovered, social media has run wild with rumors and speculation

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich.Michigan State Police are setting the record straight about a triple homicide that’s gone unsolved, saying it was gang-related.

MSP confirmed in February that the three bodies found in an abandoned apartment building in Highland Park were the three missing rappers who disappeared weeks earlier.

Armani Kelly of Oscoda, Montoya Givens of Detroit, and Dante Wicker of Melvindale were all supposed to perform at Lounge 31 in Detroit on Jan. 21. The show was abruptly canceled, and the three men went missing for nearly two weeks.

Since their bodies were discovered, social media has run wild with rumors and speculation about what led up to their deaths.

MSP posted a Tweet Friday (March 17), writing:

“We know there are a lot of media/social media rumors about this investigation. While we have to keep some things private, we know a couple of things: There is no one in custody for this homicide. This homicide was not random and had nothing to do with music or a performance. This was a gang violence-related incident.”

Kelly’s mom, Lorrie Kemp, reacted to the late development and all the speculation that came before it.

“I think it was a setup (initially), but now when they say it’s gang-related,” Kemp said. “Did I know Armani was in a gang? No! Did he get in a gang in prison? Yes.”

Read: Mother searching for son who vanished with 2 other rappers in Detroit

Michigan State Police said other people know details about what happened and need to come forward.

Kemp said she wouldn’t rest until she got the answers.

“Do I want the truth? Yes,” Kemp said. “If it tarnishes my son’s name, it doesn’t matter. I want the truth. I want to know who did this and why did you take their lives.”

Kemp has also started an online petition for the abandoned building where their bodies were found to be torn down. The building has reportedly been home to squatters and rats.

If you have any information on this case, MSP asks you to call 1-800-Speak-Up.

About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.