Friday 22 September 2017

Rapper Nicki Minaj pays tribute to tour crew member stabbed to death in Philadelphia

Reuters World Service

A member of rapper Nicki Minaj's touring crew was killed and another seriously injured in a stabbing outside a bar in Philadelphia on Wednesday, police and the musician said.

The victims, 29-year-old Devon Pickett and an unidentified 27-year-old man, were stabbed numerous times outside the Che' Bar and Grill in the early hours of Wednesday after an argument, the Philadelphia Police Department said.

The image and message posted onto Nicky Minaj's instagram account
The image and message posted onto Nicky Minaj's instagram account
Nicki Minaj tweeted about a knife attack on two members of her tour crew in Philadelphia

Before officers arrived, both men were taken in a private car to a local hospital, where Pickett died of his wounds, police said. The other victim was in a critical condition with stab wounds to his arm and side.

Read more here: Minaj crew member stabbed to death 

Minaj said on Twitter the pair had been in the city for two days rehearsing for her upcoming tour.

"Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad," Minaj said on her Instagram page, alongside a photo of the two victims.

Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.
Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.

Minaj's tour is due to launch in Europe in March, according to her website. The rapper is known for numerous hit songs, including 'Anaconda' and 'Bang Bang'.

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