A bar fight in Philadelphia left Nicki Minaj’s tour manager dead and another member of her crew hospitalized early this morning. NBC10 reports that an altercation began around 2AM inside Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood. “We believe that both of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, were all inside of this bar and that’s when an argument started,” Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC10. The conflict eventually moved outside, where the 30-year-old suspect fatally stabbed a 29-year-old man and critically injured a second man, aged 27. Police are searching for the perpetrator, who allegedly left the scene in a grey Buick Le Sabre.
Minaj tweeted that the victims were members of her team who were in Philly to rehearse for her upcoming Pinkprint Tour.
Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) February 18, 2015
Exclaim identifies the murder victim as De’Von Pickett, Minaj’s tour manager. The surviving victim is Eric Parker. Minaj posted a photo of the victims to Instagram along with this caption: “these guys flew into Philly for my tour rehearsals 2 days ago and were both stabbed last night. #RIPDAYDAY condolences to your family. Unbelievable. Eric (on the right) is recovering. Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad.”
Here’s footage from NBC10’s report:
Minaj’s tour is scheduled to being 3/16 in Stockholm.