Police step up investigation into killing of Silver Spring rapper -- Gazette.Net


Police are stepping up their search for witnesses to the December killing of Franklin Amobi, a Silver Spring man many knew as rapper Frank Diggy.

Montgomery County Police Detective Randy Kucsan said investigators still don’t have a suspect.

“We do feel strongly that it wasn’t random, that he was targeted for who he is because of his notoriety — whether it’s wealth or perceived wealth,” Kucsan said. “Usually, motives are developed within the community and we’ve gotten nothing from this community.”

Kucsan and Detective Michael Carin were at the scene in White Oak on Friday morning, handing out fliers to residents with the hope of finding a woman who they believe saw the shooting.

At about 6:37 a.m. on Dec. 27, police say Amobi, 24, was walking from an apartment he stayed in on Stewart Lane to his car, parked across the street, when he was approached from behind and shot multiple times.

Kucsan said detectives recently learned the potential witness, described only as an older, Hispanic woman, was waiting for a Z8 Fairland Line bus at the Metrobus stop at 11412 Stewart Lane.

“When the shots were heard, several people told us there was a woman standing at this bus stop right here and that she sort of backed away from the area when she heard the shots,” Kuscan said. “The bus came right down the road, almost simultaneously, and she boarded the bus.”

Police also announced they are increasing the reward to $10,000 for information regarding Amobi’s death.

Amobi had a series of drug arrests, but police said they don’t know if his criminal history had anything to do with his death.

In December 2006, Amobi was sentenced to eight years in prison for drug distribution. He served two-and-a-half years, and upon his release violated parole when he was charged with possession of marijuana, which led to three months of supervised probation.

Friends said Amobi had a promising musical career. Huwey Kelly, who began as Amobi’s promoter a little more than a year ago, held a rap showcase in January at the Pashion Restaurant and Lounge in Wheaton to honor him. Amobi held a release party for his fourth mix tape, titled “Better With Time,” last summer at a night club in Hyattsville, and performed throughout the area.

He was known by his rap name in the community of apartment houses and townhomes in White Oak, Kucsan said.

“We’re trying to drum up some more feedback from the community here,” Kucsan said. “Most of the cases we have are solved with the community’s help and this is one where we’re really not getting any.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the killing to contact the Department’s Homicide/Sex Section at 240-773-5070.