Victim of Minneapolis alley shooting was accomplished rapper, man charged

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Victim of Minneapolis alley shooting was accomplished rapper, man charged

Lemandre Ingram, also known by his rap moniker, “Mr. Blue Ghost.” Looking to make a name for himself, Lemandre Ingram moved to Oakland from Minneapolis and started rapping under the moniker “Blue Ghost.”

Rodney Owens, a childhood friend, said that Ingram and two other Midwest transplants went on to form a rap group, which began to build a little buzz in the Bay Area.

“When they met there together, they created a brotherly bond with each other,” Owens said.

That led to an introduction to multiplatinum-selling rapper Nelly, who signed the group to his fledgling Derrty Entertainment record label, Owens said. For six years, the group awaited their turn in the spotlight. Instead, they mostly worked behind the scenes, writing songs and touring, while rubbing shoulders with the likes of Fat Joe, T.I. and Janet Jackson. In 2005, they collaborated with Nelly on a song for the “The Longest Yard” soundtrack. But they left the label two years later over creative differences, Owens said, without ever releasing an album.

Ingram, 40, was found fatally shot early Monday in a north Minneapolis alley. A 32-year-old man, Jeffrey McRaven, has been charged with the murder.

Friends say the two men were related, but it wasn’t immediately clear how.

A 911 call from a neighbor about 7:10 a.m. Monday led police to Ingram, whose body was found in a snowbank behind a house in the 3500 block of N. 4th Street, in the McKinley neighborhood. Autopsy findings released Wednesday concluded that he died of a single gunshot wound […]

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