Minnesota rapper Jon Mitchell-Momoh was shot on New Year’s Eve in his home before the perpetrators proceeded to kidnap and murder Momoh’s girlfriend Monique Baugh, a real estate agent, execution-style.
According to reports, police believe that the perpetrator’s motive was to rob the rapper, possibly triggered by an Instagram post from the rapper. Weeks before the home invasion, Momoh was on Instagram, flaunting his cash after recently signing a record deal. In the Instagram video, Momoh had hundreds of dollar bills spinning in a laundry dryer.
According to police, a 41-year-old man named Cedric Berry broke into Momoh and Monique’s home, where they live with their one and three-year-old daughters. Berry opened fire on Momoh, shooting him several times before kidnapping ad fleeing with Monique.
Shortly after the kidnapping, three gunshots were heard in a nearby alley. When police arrived on the scene, they found Monique’s body. She had been shot three times, twice in the torso and once in the face.
The longtime partner of a young mother kidnapped and fatally shot in north Minneapolis on New Year’s Eve is recovering from his own gunshot wounds suffered that night by her alleged killer, but he’s also pained by accusations that he bears some blame for her fate.
“They’ve got me looking like a monster,” Jon Mitchell-Momoh said Wednesday in reference to the second-degree murder charges against Cedric Lamont Berry for the death of 28-year-old Monique Baugh.
Search warrant affidavits tied her killing to a suspected drug rivalry between Mitchell-Momoh and Berry, while a criminal complaint said the bloodshed occurred after Mitchell-Momoh was “flaunting his cash on social media.” As a result, he’s been the target of blame on social media in the death of the mother of their two children.
“I’ve never seen that Cedric dude in my life,” said Mitchell-Momoh, 29, whose success on the local rap-music scene has been growing. “I don’t know him. … I really want to clear the air. It’s like I murdered her. This has really hurt my heart.”
Cedric Berrey is being charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, and kidnapping.
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