CHICAGO (CBS) — A security guard for Chicago rapper Twista was found shot and killed, then lit on fire, inside a home in the South Chicago neighborhood on Friday.
Firefighters responded to a fire in the basement of a 2 ½ story residential building in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue around 6:15 a.m. Friday.
Crews found a man’s body inside the basement apartment. The body had been badly burned, but an autopsy this weekend determined he had died of gunshot wounds to the throat and chest.
Fire investigators said the fire had been intentionally set, and was confined to the bedroom where the man’s body was found.
The victim was later identified as 31-year-old Davy Easterling, who worked as a security guard for well-known Chicago rapper Twista.
Friday morning, Twista had tweeted that Easterling had been missing for 48 hours, and asking his Twitter and Instagram followers for help finding Easterling.
On Saturday, after learning of his friend’s death, Twista sent out a Tweet, saying “#RIP Davy Easterling aka 6’9 I have lost too many good friends to these streets.”
Twista, known for his rapid-fire delivery, has been a rapper for about 20 years.
Police had no details the investigation into Easterling’s death Sunday afternoon, but said no one was in custody.