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3 aspiring rappers headed to a Detroit club. They haven't been seen since

Mark Hicks, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — For Armani Kelly, 2023 was shaping up to be a major year.

Months after his release from prison on an armed robbery charge, the 27-year-old Oscoda resident was working, taking college classes, laboriously pursuing rap music and planning a wedding.

"He really turned his life around," said his fiancée, Taylor Perrin, who has known him since they were teens growing up in Lansing.

Now, that life has been upended.

Detroit police and agencies in multiple cities are seeking tips to find Kelly and two friends, Dante Wicker and Montoya Givens, who have been missing for nearly two weeks.

The aspiring rappers had been slated to perform Jan. 21 at Lounge 31 near Gratiot, Cmdr. Michael McGinnis told reporters Monday.


“It’s our understanding that the performance got canceled and from there we just have a whole lot of unanswered questions that we’re trying to find answers for,” McGinnis said. “… We want to find them and get them home to their loved ones.”

Meanwhile, Perrin and Kelly's mother, Lorrie Kemp, as well as other relatives are pushing to keep the case in the public eye. They have crossed the state to post flyers in his hometown, pepper Metro Detroit police with questions and spread the word online.

As days pass without clear answers, fear and frustration have settled in.

"I just don’t understand how this happened and how there’s three grown men missing and nobody seems to know anything," Perrin said.


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