By Tamara Palmer
Like many other similar and tragic events in the hip-hop world, the murder of Mac Dre (born, Andre Hicks) has remained unsolved since the Bay Area rapper’s 2004 shooting death in Kansas City, Missouri. Though its legal credibility has yet to be verified, on Friday (December 9) the Kansas City Police Department was offered new information that one activist is convinced will help solve the murder case.
In a statement obtained by MTV News, Kansas City writer Alonzo Washington announced that he planned to hold a press conference in front of the Downtown Kansas City Police Department. Washington was asked by an anonymous male informant on December 8 to be introduced to the police department and, if his unspecified “terms and conditions” are met, the informant will reveal the name of a new person who he believes killed Mac Dre.
After Mac Dre’s murder, Washington campaigned for an anti-snitching “Hip to Give Tips” movement via flyers and writing articles. It unfortunately didn’t prevent what would later be perceived as a retaliatory killing when Kansas City rapper Fat Tone (Anthony Watkins) was murdered in Las Vegas in 2005.
Washington convinced producers of the television series "America’s Most Wanted" to run a segment on suspected Watkins killer Andre Dow (also known as Mac Minister), and the national exposure ultimately led to Dow’s capture in San Francisco and a murder conviction.
“Mr. Washington is very excited about closing this murder case because it caused so many people to be killed behind rumors and hip-hop speculations,” reads the statement. Whether or not this proves to be the information that cracks the mystery, at least there might be some new motion in trying to solve the case of who silenced a talented artist far before his time.