Photo: Armani, Dante & Montoya | By Andrea May Sahouri, USA Today Network | Three Michigan men found dead in a vacant apartment building last week were shot to death, Michigan State Police said Tuesday, revealing a cause of death and hinting at more developments to come in the mysterious case.

The three men, rap artists Armani Kelly, 27, Dante Wicker, 31, and Montoya Givens, 31, had been missing since the evening of Jan. 21. Their bodies were found February 2.

Kelly, whose stage name as a rapper was “Marley Whoop,” and Wicker, known as “B12,” were set to perform hip-hop sets at the east-side Detroit club Lounge 31 on Jan. 21. Givens, nicknamed “Jugg,” tagged along. Their performances, however, were canceled because of technical failures with the club’s DJ equipment, and then their families stopped hearing from them, leading to a widespread search.

Their bodies were found by Detroit police nearly two weeks later, buried under debris in the basement of an abandoned, rat-infested Highland Park apartment building.
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Online fundraising pages have been established via http://gofundme.com to help the families of Givens, Wicker and Kelly pay for memorial services.
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Andrea Sahouri covers criminal justice for the Detroit Free Press. She can be contacted at 313-264-0442, asahouri@freepress.com or on Twitter @andreamsahouri.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY NETWORK: Cause of death confirmed for three rappers who went missing in Mich.

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Bodies Found in Highland Park Apartment Building; Family of Missing Rapper Armani Kelly Notified

By Andrea May Sahouri and Bill Laytner, Detroit Free Press: Multiple bodies were found in an abandoned Highland Park apartment building Thursday, according to Michigan State Police.

Family members of a Michigan man missing for nearly two weeks along with two friends were notified Thursday evening of the discovery.
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15-year-old Boy Found With Car Belonging to One of Three Missing Michigan Rappers

By David K. Li and Tim Stelloh, NBC News | Police near Detroit found a car belonging to one of three missing rappers who have not been seen for nearly two weeks, officials said Thursday.

A 15-year-old boy was picked up last week and accused of having the vehicle of missing rapper Armani Kelly, Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said.

Dwyer declined to discuss how the car’s discovery could factor into the search. He said there were no signs of violence in Kelly’s car.

“There was no blood or anything of a nature that would lead us to believe they were either transported or murdered in that particular vehicle,” Dwyer said.
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