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Baltimore police cite rap feud as motive behind recent murder arrest

Baltimore police cite rap feud as motive behind recent murder arrest

Baltimore police say they believe a rap feud was behind a gun battle that left one  person dead and four others wounded after charging a 24-year-old associate of the popular rapper Young Moose in the two-year-old case.

Police announced this week that Antonio Melvin had been charged with the May 2015 fatal shooting of Darrell Alston, 26, and police spokesman T.J. Smith said Thursday that Alston was shot during a gun battle involving rival groups spurred by a "rap beef."

Smith declined to specify who was involved in the feud. But Alston rapped under the name "Nazty," and in the months before the shooting, he had attracted attention for releasing a...

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