Martell DeRouen was found dead Tuesday in his apartment in San Antonio,
Texas police are looking for a 21-year-old woman accused of having fatally shot a musician who was assumed to be Beyoncé’s cousin.
On Tuesday, San Antonio hip-hop musician Martell DeRouen was found dead in his apartment by police. The San Antonio Express-News reports that police were called there for a health check after a friend reported not hearing from DeRouen for several days.
The 34-year-old went by the stage name Kardone and was signed to a record label associated with Sony.
DeRouen has been identified by friends as Beyoncé’s relative. A spokesperson for the singer did not respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
The artist has not spoken openly about the death of her relative.
“Kardone was one of those ones who rose and shine bright, brighter than, you know, some of those that was in the room with him,” Brian Mitchell, owner of Fyngermade Studio, told KSAT, describing his friend as “quiet,” humble and gentle.
Mitchell said even though DeRouen was related to Beyoncé, he never let that get to his head.
“That’s not even something he would even mention to people. We’d just have to put in his bios because it’s just, it’s worthy to put it in there, but he doesn’t like stuff like that,” Mitchell recalled.
Sasha Skare, 21, has been named by police as a suspect in DeRouen’s murder, CBS Austin reports. For her capture, a warrant is out and she is presently at large.
Mitchell said he is still having a hard time understanding why his friend was killed, telling KSAT, “It’s like hurting a butterfly.”