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  • April 12 - Police confirm Army vet was shot first by rapper

    Relatives say altercation led to exchange of gunfire

    Police confirm Army vet was shot first by rapper, who was then slain in bar on Eight Mile in Detroit.

    DETROIT -- Proof, the rapper often credited with first giving Eminem serious consideration as an artist, was shot to death early Monday morning, apparently after shooting an Army veteran at a troublesome east side nightclub, police said.

    Ironically, the shooting happened along Eight Mile, the cultural dividing line Eminem made famous in a 2002 movie that featured characters loosely based on the hardscrabble rappers' climb from obscurity.

    Details of the shooting at the CCC club remained unclear late Tuesday.

    Lamont Bryant, who calls himself the club's administrator, declined to discuss details of the shooting but said Proof was a regular at the club who didn't believe in hiring bodyguards. "This incident was extremely out of the ordinary," Bryant said. "He was at the club and seemed comfortable; nobody thought there would be a problem."

    Relatives of Detroit resident Keith Bender, who was critically wounded in the shooting, claimed Proof shot Bender and then was shot by someone else. Detroit police confirmed their account.

    "Some words were exchanged. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Angel Bender, Keith Bender's sister-in-law. "We're still putting the pieces together."

    The shooting was the second in Detroit in the past four months for members of Eminem's rap group, D12, and it stunned the city's music community.

    "I really hope (Proof) will be remembered in the hip-hop community as a pillar," said MC Serch, former morning show host at WJLB-FM (97.9).

    "Several artists would not have a career at all had it not been for Proof, and to think he would be remembered any other way would be sad."

    Proof was shot in the head. Bender, 35, was also shot in the head. Police had no suspects Tuesday night.

    The club was closed Tuesday night as police worked inside seeking evidence. At the bottom of the club's sign someone scrawled in red ink: RIP Proof.

    On New Year's Eve, rapper Obie Trice, also a member of D12, was shot in the head driving on the Lodge. Trice was not seriously injured.

    Proof said recently there was more than bad luck involved in cases like that. "I think it's a Detroit thing, honestly," he said in a soon-to-be published interview with Detroit Rock City magazine.

    "It was a good thing the bullet didn't really penetrate."
    Proof remained close friends with Eminem, serving as best man at the rapper's second wedding to Kim Mathers in January. Eminem could not be reached for comment.

    Angel Bender said her brother-in-law retired as a staff sergeant from the Army because of heart troubles. He is a Detroit native and 1990 graduate of Osborn High School. He was a medic and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, she said.

    He went out Monday to celebrate word that he would no longer need a defibrillator for a heart condition after two years, she said.

    Both men were at the CCC club with friends, police said. It appears an altercation between the groups sparked the shooting.

    By early Tuesday night fans gathered near the club at Eight Mile and Brock, where a makeshift memorial was set up.

    The fans placed stuffed animals and posted notes on and around a utility pole as motorists passed by honking horns and yelling cheers of "Big Proof!"

    Luida Kuzel, 20, of Detroit, couldn't make sense of Proof's slaying and believes retaliation from Proof's friends is inevitable. "It's not right, but that's what happens," she said.

    The shooting happened inside the CCC, a private club with a troubled recent history.

    In December, police cited the club's management for underage drinking and after-hours operations there.

    Authorities have made 18 other visits to the club in the past decade, police said.

    In recent weeks, a bouncer was shot and wounded there, said James Tate, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department.

    SOURCE

    NEW DETAILS:

    An altercation inside a Detroit nightclub led to the death of D-12 rapper Proof after an argument allegedly turned into a gunfight, leaving a bouncer wounded, according to sources.

    A source that requested anonymity told AllHipHop.com that Proof was in the club after-hours when a heated verbal argument between Proof and a bouncer allegedly broke out and escalated.

    Proof was shot and killed around 4:30 am on April 11 and the bouncer was seriously wounded, both with gunshots to the head.

    "Proof knocked dude down and stood over him with gun in hand," a source close to Proof told AllHipHop.com. "Proof shot first. The bouncer on the ground didn't shoot Proof another bouncer did. Proof was shot 4 times. Twice in the head and twice in the chest/stomach area."

    Police have identified the second man as 35-year-old Keith Bender.

    Bender is alive, but is still in critical condition.

    "Dude [Bender] is on life support and not expected to live at all," the source continued.

    Investigators are still trying to piece together details of the shooting but have stated they believe two guns were used in the shooting.

    According to sources, Proof was licensed to carry his weapon.

    Officers have frequently been called to the club, taking 18 incident reports since 1996.

    The club was raided in December of 2005 for selling alcohol to minors and Proof's murder was the third time a shooting had occurred at or near the club.

    "All this s**t is senseless and real f**ed up. Proof was a longtime friend who wouldn't stay the f**k out the hood. To many jealous people in the hood mad cause you made it.

    "8 Mile [road] near Hayes on Detroit's Eastside at 4 am in the morning? That Triple C spot always has drama up there. Why was he there?" the source continued.

    The police questioned one witness in the case and seek to speak to others to find suspects.

    The club did not have a video surveillance system police, officers revealed.

    Proof served as Eminem's best man in the rapper's short-lived wedding to Kim Mathers.

    The rapper, whose real name is Deshaun Holton, leaves behind five children.

    http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5555
    Last edited by Mano; 04-12-2006, 06:54 AM.
    Originally posted by midwestwitch
    If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

  • #2
    THANKS for informations...
    "rest in peace Proof I can't wait to see you,
    why do bad things always happen to good people?"

    "you can kill me but you can't kill my music"

    iLLnature for mod bitches!!!!!

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    • #3
      wtf. difficult to believe Proof would shoot anyone first

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      • #4
        There's no reason for a 30 year old millionaire with legions of fans to be shooting people.
        the last vet.before everyone got vetted
        Originally posted by MarshallArts
        Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by reservoirGod
          There's no reason for a 30 year old millionaire with legions of fans to be shooting people.

          Yea, that just doesn't make any sense. Just wait for the toxicology report to come back, Cus he had to be under the influence of either drugs or alot of alcohol to do something like that.
          Chicago Bears = NFC champions 2006

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          • #6
            No, that cant be true. Proof isnt that type of person.
            Bless it
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Manuel
              On New Year's Eve, rapper Obie Trice, also a member of D12, was shot in the head driving on the Lodge. Trice was not seriously injured.
              Proof said recently there was more than bad luck involved in cases like that. "I think it's a Detroit thing, honestly," he said in a soon-to-be published interview with Detroit Rock City magazine.
              =\

              Thanks for the info. Finding it hard to believe, will let the dust settle before I believe anything. Rest in Peace Proof

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NeMeS
                difficult to believe Proof would shoot anyone first
                I'm an angel.. Honest
                The horns are just there to keep the halo straight

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lost Angel
                  No, that cant be true. Proof isnt that type of person.
                  dude, like you fucking knew him at all. very few of the people on this board actually knew him. he did what he did and he suffered the ultimate consequences. Like this dude said,

                  Originally posted by reservoirGod
                  There's no reason for a 30 year old millionaire with legions of fans to be shooting people.
                  Regardless, RIP Proof.

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                  • #10
                    It's not impossible, Proof might've shot first, but who pulled out a gun first? Might've been out of defense ..
                    Originally posted by midwestwitch
                    If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the news

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                      • #12
                        coulda been out of defense cause he saw a gun first, plus that area was unsafe and he still was hangin out there cause its his city, plus coulda been drunk

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                        • #13
                          well regardless of who it was, if you gonna get in a shootout, thats what happens, you get whats coming to you.
                          LastFM

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Manuel
                            It's not impossible, Proof might've shot first, but who pulled out a gun first? Might've been out of defense ..
                            That makes sense. Why else would he shoot first... he had 5 kids at home.

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                            • #15
                              the police are on some bullshit, i dont believe proof shot first.
                              "I came for, a beer, weed, plus a bed full
                              Of dimepiece, model type bitches, who mind they business
                              Blow my dick, like birthday cake wishes" - ODB

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