Police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the murder of Atlanta-based rapper Slim Dunkin: a fellow Atlanta-area rapper.
The rapper, born Mario Hamilton, was shot to death on December 16th after an argument that authorities indicate may have been over candy. Now, police have identified a suspect, and are asking him to turn himself in.
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
The suspect was identified as another local rapper, 28-year-old Young Vito, whose real name is Vinson Hardimon, according to a police release.
“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” the release said.
Slim Dunkin, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was killed Dec. 16 after being gunned down at a southeast Atlanta recording studio.
A Twitter posting earlier this year identified Young Vito as an “east Atlanta Zone 6 … street legend turned rapper” who was about to “embark on capitalizing the rap, fashion, & movie industry.”
Police are seeking the public’s help in finding Young Vito and said calls can be made to Atlanta Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or contact the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404-546-4235.
Meanwhile, the website AllHipHop.com reports Hamilton’s funeral Friday will be held at Atlanta’s Borean Christian Church, in a lavish ceremony “funded in part by 1017 Brick Squad affiliates Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame.”