Police Seek Suspects In Skanbino Mob Murders

Authorities are investigating the recent deaths of two members of the Flint, Mich. rap group Skanibino Mob. Deion J.L. "Bone Skanless" Smith was gunned down Friday (July 28) in a hail of AK-47 gunfire outside his home on Alma Avenue.

The 32-year-old rapper’s fellow Skanbino member Marcus Mosley (AKA Young Kee) was found shot to death on Lawndale Avenue near Dayton Street on Monday (July 31). Although they haven’t ruled out a connection between the killings, police cite no evidence linking the crimes. A woman who was with Smith is expected to survive the ordeal, despite being critically wounded. No arrests have been made in the case. However, authorities impounded a car that matched the description of the vehicle used in Smith’s slaying after a man abandoned it at a gas station Sunday morning after seeing police.Investigators are believed to have information pointing to a suspect in "at least one of the shootings," Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton told the Flint Journal.

Smith survived being shot five times at close range and was acquitted of a murder charge in 2002, in the shooting death of a Flint man. The rapper was on probation for gun possession when he was killed.The 32-year-old Mosley also ran afoul of the law when he was sentenced to 4 years in prison in 1994 for cocaine possession. In 2001, he was caught with a gun in his waistband during a drug bust, in which police also found $20,000 hidden in a football. Mosley denied having the gun but was sentenced to a year of probation in 2005. On July 13, Smith attended a funeral for his 5-year-old niece, NiYauna S. Jones, who was shot and killed by unknown assailants while riding with a relative who was test driving a new car.

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