An­napo­lis re­mem­bers the rap­per Tre Da Kid

32-year-old, also known for his par­ent­ing, found fa­tally shot in car Fri­day

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - MARYLAND - By Lau­ren Lump­kin

Mes­sages of love flooded the Face­book pro­file page of Ed­ward Mon­tre Seay on Satur­day. Though most peo­ple knew him as Tre Da Kid, or just Mon­tre.

The 32-year-old was found fa­tally shot in a car that had been in­volved in a sin­gleve­hi­cle crash Fri­day night, An­napo­lis po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers were called at 9:19 p.m. for re­ports of a shoot­ing and found Seay at For­est Drive and South Cherry Grove Av­enue.

No ar­rests had been made as of Satur­day evening, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Seay was a life­time city res­i­dent and grad­u­ated from An­napo­lis High School in 2005. He made a name for him­self by mak­ing mu­sic.

In 2016 Seay won the na­tional Freestyle 50 Challenge in Atlanta. His skills earned him a $10,000 prize, a record­ing con­tract and the opportunit­y to go on tour with an artist from 300 En­ter­tain­ment, an in­de­pen­dent record la­bel.

This March, he re­leased his al­bum “TDK: Ti­tles De­fine Kings.” His lyrics de­scribe pain and heart­break, but also what it’s like to pre­server and defy the odds:

“I think about the days I could have died like 10 times.

“Only thing that saved me was rap, I had to spit rhymes,” he raps on the al­bum’s ti­tle track.

Seay was sched­uled to per­form at The One Sports Bar & Lounge in Bal­ti­more on Fri­day night.

Friends and fam­ily of the rap­per took to his Face­book page to share per­sonal sto­ries. One per­son re­marked Seay shone a “light on the city” of An­napo­lis.

An as­pir­ing rap­per said Seay of­fered him ad­vice about writ­ing mu­sic. Some are al­ready call­ing on Mayor Gavin Buck­ley re­name a street, “Mon­tre Seay Way.”

Co­ma­cell Brown grew up with Seay. He called his late friend an “in­spi­ra­tion.”

“Any time there was any doubt, he was the one to make us a be­liever,” Brown said. “We’ve all just ral­lied be­hind him so we’re re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of him con­tin­u­ing to fol­low the dream.”

Seay was well-known in the com­mu­nity, not only for rap­ping but also for his par­ent­ing, Brown said. School­work always came first for Seay’s 10-year-old son.

“Ev­ery­one looks at him as the fa­ther of the year,” said Brown.

The two were close, Brown said. When Brown went to col­lege in Atlanta, he moved Seay with him so the young rap­per could jump start his ca­reer.

“His over­all goal has always been to put the city of An­napo­lis at the fore­front of mu­sic and also to leave a great legacy be­hind for his par­ents,” Brown said.

Po­lice were called to re­spond to Seay min­utes be­fore the Arun­del Cen­ter would be il­lu­mi­nated with the color or­ange in honor of Na­tional Gun Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Day.

About 20 busi­nesses this week­end have hung signs in their win­dows as part of a city­wide demon­stra­tion against gun vi­o­lence.

The demon­stra­tions con­tin­ued Satur­day at a rally hosted by the Mary­land chap­ter of Moms De­mand Action for Gun Sense in America. Dozens con­vened in An­napo­lis 16 hours af­ter Seay was pro­nounced dead.

Alder­woman Sheila Fin­layson said she wants to work with the com­mu­nity to find so­lu­tions to gun vi­o­lence that’s gut­ted the city.

“An­other young promis­ing life has been lost. We must get the guns off of our streets and stop the vi­o­lence,” said Fin­layson, who rep­re­sents the ward in which Seay died.

“Whether it’s through tougher leg­is­la­tion, stricter en­force­ment, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, and/or all of the above, this sense­less vi­o­lence must stop.”

Seay’s death re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and po­lice urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact 410-260-3439. Anony­mous tips can be sub­mit­ted through Metro Crime Stop­pers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Those with in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the case can also con­tact De­tec­tive Shomar John­son at sljohn­[email protected]­napo­lis.gov.

Tips that lead to an ar­rest or in­dict­ment may be el­i­gi­ble for a cash re­ward of up to $2,000. twit­ter.com/lau­ren_lumps

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Ed­ward Mon­tre Seay, known as Tre Da Kid, per­forms in 2016. Seay died Fri­day at age 32.

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