On Friday, Annapolis authorities were responding to reports of gunfire at Forest and Newtowne Drive when they discovered a car crashed on nearby Cherry Grove Ave. Inside the vehicle, police found 32-year-old Edward Montre Seay (aka Tre Da Kid) dead from gunshots wounds.
Hailing from Chester, Maryland, Tre Da Kid gained notoriety after winning Verizon's 2016 #Freestyle50 rap contest. This earned him a $10,000 cash prize as well as a recording contract with 300 Entertainment.
"Tre impressed the judges with his delivery, showmanship and off-the-dome creativity," 300's co-founder Kevin Liles said of the champion. Tre added that winning the competition was "a dream come true."
Tre's partnership with 300 spawned his 2017 single "Run It," which featured fellow 300 artist TK Kravitz and production by London On Da Track. Earlier this year, Tre released the well-received Tdk: Titles Define Kings project.
Tre was also known for the impact he had on his community. One person said Tre's success brought "light on the city" while his close childhood friend, Comacell Brown, called the rapper an "inspiration."
"Any time there was any doubt, he was the one to make us a believer," Brown explained to Annapolis' Capital Gazette. "We’ve all just rallied behind him so we’re really appreciative of him continuing to follow the dream."
Because of his impact, there is already a movement to have the Annapolis mayor, Gavin Buckley, rename a street in Tre's honor.
The police haven't named any suspects connected to Tre Da Kid's murder as of Sunday morning.