By Rebekah Riess, CNN
The deaths of three Michigan rappers whose bodies were found in an abandoned apartment building in early February were related to gang violence, state police said, asking members of the public who may have information about the case to come forward.
In a series of tweets Friday, Michigan State Police confirmed they were continuing to investigate the triple homicide of Armani Kelly, 28; Dante wicker, 31; and Montoya Givens, 31, who were reported missing after their January 21 performance at a Detroit club was cancelled.
Their bodies were found nearly two weeks later at the apartment complex in Highland Park, about 6 miles northwest of Detroit, and state police later said they each died of multiple gunshot wounds.
“This was an incident related to gang violence,” Michigan State Police said on Twitter Friday, addressing what he said were “rumors” circulating about the investigation. “This homicide was not random and had nothing to do with music or a performance.”
While no one is in custody, police said: “There are other people who know the details and we need them to come forward.”
“Together we can bring closure to these families,” state police said.
the police were first alerted to the disappearances of the men by Kelly’s motherwho reported him missing on Jan. 23, Michael McGinnis, Major Crimes Commander at the Detroit Police Department, previously said.
As the story of Kelly’s disappearance garnered media attention, “other family members of the other missing people realize that this is a friend of their loved ones and they haven’t seen them either, so both are reported.” missing,” McGinnis said.
The bodies were discovered on February 2, at the compound that police described as “rat infested.” Several days later, state police confirmed “This was not a random incident” and he said investigators believed they had determined a motive.
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CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.