The uncle of rapper and reality star, Safaree Samuels, was found stabbed to death in his California home.
According to NBC LA:
The body was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. in the 37600 block of Patty Court, said Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Family members told NBC4 the victim was 64-year-old Vincent Roper.
“Just lost my closest uncle,” tweeted Safaree Samuels, a well known hip hop artist who appears on a VH1 reality TV program. “I can barely type…this is the worst I’ve ever had to deal with.”
Roper lived alone, according to family and friends.
Marquisha and Anthony Kirklin said they became concerned when he stopped responding to text messages on Wednesday.
They described going to his home Friday morning with a neighbor to check on him, and becoming concerned when they spotted muddy footprints and discovered the front door unlocked.
When Anthony Kirklin looked inside, he saw a broken picture, items in disarray, dirt or blood on a daybed. Alarmed, they called 911.
“He’s a very clean guy,” the victim’s friend, Marquisha Kirklin, said. “When I saw the disarray, I knew something was wrong.”
Friends and family of Roper described him as a genuine man who enjoyed helping his loved ones.
“He’s not a problematic person,” Samuels said. “He’s just, you know, a working man. I don’t know who could have done this. He doesn’t have any enemies. He’s not that kind of person.”
His death is being investigated as a homicide and no suspect has been identified yet. Our thoughts and prayers are with Safaree and his family at this time.