A 32-year-old Maryland rapper was found dead from gunshot wounds at a car crash in Annapolis on Friday, multiple outlets confirm. The father-of-one was scheduled to be at a show just an hour later.
Edward Montre Seay of Chester, according to Daily Mail, was driving through the city on Friday when the tragedy occurred.
Edward Montre Seay (Tre Da Kid) | Photo: Instagram/Tre Da Kid
Police officers were responding to reports of a shooting in the area of Forest Drive and Cherry Grove Avenue when they discovered the single-car crash, reported NBC 4 Washington.
Seay released the album 'TDK: Titles define Kings,' rapping at some point on the project: 'I think about the days I could have died like 10 times.'
The car’s only occupant, Seay, who went by the stage name Tre Da Kid, was found with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.
As of Sunday morning, no arrests have been made in connection with the crime and the police are reportedly still investigating the tragedy, offering a $2,000 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest.
About an hour after he was found dead, Seay should have performed at The One Sports Bar & Lounge in Baltimore, according to a promo image he posted on Instagram a day before.
Seay first shot to national fame in 2016 after winning Verizon's #Freestyle50 rap contest where he won prize money of a $10,000 and a recording contract with 300 Entertainment, per Verizon’s website.
“Tre impressed the judges with his delivery, showmanship and off-the-dome creativity,” Kevin Liles, co-founder of 300 Entertainment, said at the time.
Seay, who reportedly started rapping at the age of six, also expressed his excitement at the time:
“This is seriously a dream come true. In September, I lost my mother. Two weeks ago, I was posting a video to my Twitter to enter the #Freestyle50Challenge and now I'm gonna be working with some of the biggest names in hip hop. I still can’t believe it.”
From his victory deal came the 2017 single "Run It," featuring fellow “300 Entertainment” act TK Kravitz and production by London On Da Track, according to Complex.
In March, Seay released the album “TDK: Titles define Kings,” rapping at some point on the project: “I think about the days I could have died like 10 times/Only thing that saved me was rap/I had to spit rhymes.”
Seay boasted over 7,000 followers on Instagram where he stayed up-to-date with fans and posted photos with his son who, according to Daily Mail, is ten years old.
Edward Montre Seay (Tre Da Kid) & his son. | Photo: Instagram/Tre Da Kid
Seay’s tragic death has sparked an outpour of tributes, with many describing him in glowing terms and urging the Mayor of Annapolis Gavin Buckley to rename a street in memory of the late rapper.
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