More details are beginning to surface regarding the death of Cali Swag District group member Montae "M-Bone" Talbert, including the theory that this wasn’t a random act of violence.
According to TMZ, M-Bone’s girlfriend, who wants to remain unnamed, is pointing the finger at a man living in the apartment complex where the couple resided. The young girl claims that the neighbor was jealous of M-Bone and Cali Swag’s success and had sent him threatening messages on Twitter.
The girlfriend also sets the scene, saying that she picked up Bone from the airport at 12:15 p.m. and they spent the day at the apartment. Around 10 p.m. Talbert took her car and said he was going to the studio. As previously reported, the young rappers’ body was found near his girlfriend’s car outside an Inglewood, CA, liquor store.
Cali Swag frontman Jay Are recently opened up to TMZ cameras to reveal a few more details on the murder.
“It was just so random,” he shared. “[M-Bone] just went to the store to get something to drink and just randomly somebody pull up. Don’t say no words. Don’t shoot a lot of shots. Just do what they had to do and got on. It had to be something but we really can’t tell exactly what it was.”
Although the motive is still unknown, Cali Swag members wanted to make it clear that gangs had nothing to do with the random shooting. “It don’t got nothing to do with gang violence,” Jay Are went on to tell a TMZ camera man. “We really don’t know who was responsible for it or whatever the case may be. It’s just bad. We gone just leave it up to the law right now because it’s really nothing we can do. We just gotta stay strong, keep our music going.”
Another notable witness, Bubba, the heavy-set teenager name-checked on the group’s hit single "Teach Me How to Dougie" and featured in the video demonstrating the dance, was with Bone at the time of his death. Witnesses say Bubba was in the car waiting while Talbert went into the store. The CSD protege was hospitalized for wounds sustained after shards of glass struck him in the face.
The Inglewood Police Department is still investigating this crime and is asking anyone who may know something to come forward.
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