Two members of Nicki Minaj’s touring crew were stabbed outside of a bar in Philadelphia on early Wednesday morning (Feb. 18), and one of the team members was killed in the incident, the rapper confirmed on Twitter.
Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) February 18, 2015
Billboard has confirmed with the Philadelphia Police Department that two people were stabbed during an incident in the city last night, with one dead and one in critical condition. The Philadelphia PD would not reveal the names of the victims or any details of the incident, the men in Minaj’s Instagram photo, which she posted on Wednesday afternoon, have been confirmed to be De’Von “Day Day” Pickett, who was killed in the incident, and Eric Parker, who is in critical condition.
“They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour,” wrote Minaj on Twitter. She added in an Instagram caption, “These guys flew into Philly for my tour rehearsals 2 days ago and were both stabbed last night. #RIPDAYDAY condolences to your family. Unbelievable. Eric (on the right) is recovering. Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad.”
According to an NBC-10 news report, the incident began during an argument inside the Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood around 2:30 AM on Wednesday morning. The argument spilled outside, where witnesses say the two victims were stabbed several times. Police are interviewing witnesses to the murder and analyzing surveillance video of the scene. A rep for Minaj did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Additional reporting by Joe Lynch, Billboard.