Virginia man arrested for allegedly killing friend, driving with body in car

The victim was found in the trunk 'wrapped in a piece of fabric and in an advanced stage of decomposition.'

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A Virgina man who was reported missing nearly two weeks ago was found dead and decomposing in his friend’s trunk in Florida after a car crash on a highway. 

Brian Trotter, 25, known locally on the hip-hop scene as “Kent Don’t Stop,” had been missing since October 17th, PEOPLE reports. His best friend of over a decade, 25-year-old Robert Avery Coltrain, was arrested this week after Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol discovered Trotter’s body in the trunk of Coltrain’s crashed silver Acura. 

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon on the Palmetto Expressway near the Miami Lakes area, according to the report. When officers responded to the scene they noticed Coltrain removing a Glock gun case from the car as well as flies buzzing around the trunk and the smell of decomposition.

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They popped the trunk and inside found Trotter’s body “wrapped in a piece of fabric and in an advanced stage of decomposition”.

According to the Associated Press, Coltrain was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and one count of illegal transport of human remains.

Police confirmed that Trotter died from multiple gunshot wounds but have not suggested a motive for the killing. 

After his arrest, Coltrain was allowed his one call, and he allegedly phoned Trotter’s sister to apologize for the killing, which he said happened in Virginia.

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Trotter’s family claimed the two friends were headed to Washington, D.C., presumably to take promotional photos for their music.

“No one can understand what happened,” Trotter’s father told the Miami Herald. “Hopefully, police can shed a light on what made a friend of over 10 years decide to commit something like that.”

In a post shared on a Facebook page, Trotter’s family confirmed his passing and thanked family and friends for their support. 

“It is with heavy hearts that we tell you all that Brian was found deceased,” their statement reads, in part. “We are grateful for your love and support over the last 9 days. Your concern for Brian has lifted us up and is a testament to the light he shined on every one who knew him. In the coming days we ask for your thoughts and prayers and for privacy as we grieve, and as the police thoroughly investigate Brian’s death.”

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