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Three charged in beating of apparently slain Milwaukee rapper


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Three men have been charged with the beating of a Milwaukee rap music artist who was apparently killed in a gruesome gang murder.

Prosecutors issued a criminal complaint which described the suffocating, beating, and shooting of Ebony Young. But police have not seen the victim’s body, because she’s been missing since New Year’s Day. Therefore, prosecutors have only charged the 3 defendants with substantial battery with the intent to cause harm.

According to the complaint, Young’s roommate Billy Griffin first told police she got into a car with somebody on January 1st and was never seen after that. But the 26-year-old Griffin later told prosecutors that two gang members – 19-year-old Ashanti McAlister and 27-year-old Victor Stewart came to his house with others. And they told Griffin he’d be allowed back into their group if he killed Young.

But instead, they choked Young with a chain, taped a plastic bag over her head, and beat her. And when Griffin went upstairs, he said he heard 3 gunshots.

Stewart reportedly told Griffin later, “the deed is done.”

Griffin, Stewart, and McAlister are all being held on $200,000 bonds. All three are due back in court a week from Thursday for preliminary hearings.