Milwaukee police have charged five men with the murder of trans rapper Evon Young, known as Yung LT.
The artist’s mother reported him missing on Jan 2 after he failed to show up at work.
Young’s roommate, Billy Griffin, initially told police he saw the 22-year-old rapper enter an unknown vehicle on New Year’s Day. Upon further investigation, police learned members of Griffin’s former gang coerced him into assisting in Young’s murder.
The gang members said that if Griffin helped kill the singer, he could rejoin their ranks. Police say Griffin, Ashanti McAlister, Victor Stewart, Ron Allen and Devin Seaberry suffocated, strangled and beat Young before shooting him three times.
Authorities say the gang believed Young was genetically male and his trans identity played no part in his death.