South Surrey murder victim confirmed to be up-and-coming Toronto rapper

Click to play video: 'Rapper from Toronto killed in Surrey shooting' Rapper from Toronto killed in Surrey shooting
Homicide detectives have now confirmed the victim of a fatal shooting in South Surrey just before Christmas was an up-and-coming Toronto rapper. Julia Foy reports – Dec 28, 2019

A man killed in a South Surrey home on Monday night is being identified as an up-and-coming rapper from Toronto.

Family, friends, fans and collaborators, including Toronto rapper Robin Banks, have taken to social media in an outpouring of support for rapper Why-S, identified by a family member and industry colleagues as Keyshawn Brown.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) confirmed the victim’s identity late Friday, adding he was 18 years old.

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Banko. (@robinbanks_tt) on

Story continues below advertisement

Surrey RCMP was called to the house at 152 Street near 22nd Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. on Monday to reports of a dead body.

On Friday, the neighbour who discovered the remains identified the victim as Brown.

READ MORE: Man found dead in South Surrey, homicide investigators deployed

The woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal, told Global News she arrived home around 8 p.m. on Monday, and noticed her neighbour’s vehicle was gone but the door was open.

She said said she went into the house and saw a black man dead on the floor, at which point she called her landlord, who called 911.

The woman told Global News she looked up Why-S music videos after seeing a report of his death on, and is confident it is the same man.

Earlier this year, the young rapper released singles and videos for the tracks John Wick and Swagmine, which have racked up more than 300,000 views.

IHIT, which took conduct of the investigation on Tuesday, said the investigation was ongoing.

Story continues below advertisement

“Investigators are attempting to determine how long Mr. Brown has been in B.C. and his activities leading up to his death,” IHIT spokesperson Det. Lara Jansen said in a statement.

“We urge anyone who was with Mr. Brown or has information to assist investigators to contact IHIT.”

A spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service said it had not been contacted about the case.

Brown’s death came just hours before another Toronto rapper, Jahquar Stewart, aka Bvlly, was gunned down in Oshawa.

—With files from Julia Foy

Click to play video: 'IHIT investigating after man found dead in South Surrey home' IHIT investigating after man found dead in South Surrey home
IHIT investigating after man found dead in South Surrey home – Dec 24, 2019

Sponsored content