Condolences are pouring in for Maryland rapper Tre Da Kid.
On Friday (June 7), the 32-year-old was confirmed dead by Annapolis, MD police. Authorities were reportedly responding to reports of gunfire at Forest and Newtowne Drive when they discovered his body inside of a crashed vehicle at the scene. Tre Da Kid (real name Edward Montre Seay) died from gunshot wounds, CNN reports.
The Maryland native rose to prominence in 2016 after winning Verizon's #Freestyle50 rap contest. He went on to receive a $10,000 cash prize and a recording contract with hip-hop label 300 Entertainment. "Tre impressed the judges with his delivery, showmanship and off-the-dome creativity," Kevin Liles, co-founder of 300 Entertainment, said at the time. The rapper described the feat as a "dream come true."
"Any time there was any doubt, he was the one to make us a believer," Comacell Brown told Annapolis' Capital Gazette while remembering his longtime friend. "We've all just rallied behind him so we're really appreciative of him continuing to follow the dream."
Brown also noted Tre's impact on his 10-year-old son as well as his community. "Everyone looks at him as the father of the year," Brown shared while recalling how seriously the rapper took schoolwork. "His overall goal has always been to put the city of Annapolis at the forefront of music, and also to leave a great legacy behind for his parents," Brown added.
A movement to have a street renamed in Tre's honor has since picked up steam in the wake of his passing, Complex reports. As of press time, police have yet to identify any suspects in connection to the shooting. Our thoughts are with Tre's family during this time.