Second Victim in Proof Shooting Identified

In the hours following the murder of D-12 rapper Proof, more details have emerged, including information about the identity of the second victim.

Initially, AllHipHop.com speculated that the second individual shot was fellow rapper Bizarre. According to MTV News, the Detroit Police Department have stated that the man who sustained a non-fatal gunshot to the head is actually 35-year-old Detroit resident, Keith Bender, Jr. Proof suffered the same injury but, as we reported yesterday, did not survive.

Angel Bender, Keith’s sister-in-law, told The Detroit News her brother-in-law, a retired Army staff sergeant, was out at the CCC club with friends. He was celebrating news that he would no longer need a defibrillator for a heart condition when an altercation between his group and Proof’s posse arose, which allegedly led to the shooting.

Some of Bender’s relatives have claimed that Proof shot Bender and then was shot by someone else.

“Some words were exchanged. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Angel told the paper. “We’re still putting the pieces together.”

The dispute took place in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday (April 11). At around 5 A.M., police were sent to Detroit’s CCC club, which was operating illegally after hours. By the time they arrived, the club was already empty, and while some witnesses have given information, police had no suspects as of Tuesday night.

Memorial service arrangements have not been announced yet, according to MTV News.

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