The manager of rapper Nicki Minaj’s touring group was killed and another critically injured during Wednesday’s early morning stabbing outside an East Mount Airy bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The singer tweeted the verification of the injury and death, and stated the two men had only flown in to Philadelphia two days prior to assist with the tour.
According to police reports, 29-year-old tour manager De’Von (also known as ‘Day Day’) Pickett and 27-year-old Eric Parker went with a group of friends on Tuesday night to Che Bar and Grill in the 6300 block of Stenton Avenue in East Mount Airy. They remained in the bar until it closed, and sometime around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, they exited the bar when an alteration involving Pickett, Parker, and several other identified males began in the street. Sources have said the fight was ‘over a woman’. At some point during the altercation, Pickett and Parker were both stabbed by one of the men.
Philadelphia Police Captain said in a press release that the altercation started out as a verbal one, but quickly turned physical.
“They got into some type of verbal altercation with several other males, which quickly escalated into a physical confrontation. One of those males pulled out a knife and stabbed both of them multiple times.”
Someone drove the victims to Einstein Medical Center instead of calling an ambulance. At the time of arrival, Pickett was pronounced dead. Parker was listed in critical condition with multiple wounds to his torso.
Chief Inspector Scott Small said that there is video surveillance around the area of the bar and it is being reviewed, and he was able to give a description of the suspect who is now wanted for murder.
Police say the suspect, described as a thin man in his 30s with a full beard, was last seen wearing a black and grey jacket and drove away from the bar in a dark-gold Buick LeSabre. As is policy with all homicides in Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia is offering a $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect in the murder.
Rolling Stone reported that the suspect is believed to be an ‘ex-employee’ of the bar.
Reportedly, the last three tweets on De’Von Pickett’s Twitter, made hours before his death, read “LIFE #GODISTHEGREATEST,” “Namaste” and “Be Great.”
Many described him as a ‘nice guy’ and ‘beautiful spirit’ including singer Rihanna, as well as many others who took to Instagram and Twitter to share their condolences.
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