What started off to be a trip for a tour then turned out to be his last as Nicki Minaj’s tour manager De’Von Pickett was stabbed to death while he was in Philadelphia preparing for Minaj’s upcoming tour.
In a statement released by Chief Inspector Scott Small, a bar fight occurred inside the Che Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at around 2:35 a.m. The fight went on outside of the bar, where the stabbing actually occurred. The two victims were identified as De’Von Pickett and Eric Reed, who, according to Minaj, were in Philadelphia that day to rehearse for her upcoming tour.
Pickett and Reed were both stabbed several times, with Pickett in the torso and Reed on his left arm and left side. They were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center. Reed is currently in a critical condition but is believed to survive his wounds. Unfortunately, Pickett died at 2:45 a.m. A motive for the stabbing is still being verified, but it is believed that it had something to do with a recently fired employee.
The police have retrieved personal items, a Philadelphia Police crime camera and business surveillance cameras that may help in further investigations. The suspect is described as a bearded 30-year old man with a height of about 5’8’’ and a weight of around 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black and gray jacket and driving off in a gray Buick LeSabre. The City of Philadelphia is currently offering a $20,000 reward for the suspect’s arrest.
Minaj took to her Twitter account to post the news. She also posted a photo of Pickett and Reed on Instagram, telling of how sad she is of what happened to both of them and sending her condolences to Pickett’s family.
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
Other celebrities, including Rihanna, Tiara Thomas, Pusha T, K. Michelle and Fabolous also took to Instagram to share their good experiences while previously working with Pickett when he was still alive.
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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/Fer Morrell