The investigation into the murder of Drakeo the Ruler earlier this month has reportedly hit a standstill as detectives are having trouble finding witnesses willing to cooperate with the probe into the rapper’s death.
According to TMZ, law enforcement officials familiar with the situation reportedly told the outlet that investigators have been forced to rely on surveillance and cellphone footage to help find a suspect in Drakeo the Ruler’s murder because witnesses, who might have pertinent information about the killing, are refusing to come forward.
As Radar previously reported, the 28-year-old rapper – whose real name is Darrel Caldwell – was stabbed in the neck on December 18 while he was waiting backstage to perform at the Once Upon a Time in LA musical festival.
He was quickly taken to a nearby hospital, where he ultimately died from the wounds to his neck.
According to reports, Caldwell was allegedly attacked by a group of people backstage at the festival around 9 PM when he was subsequently stabbed.
Following the attack and stabbing, the Los Angeles music festival was immediately canceled.
"There has been an incident at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival at the Banc of California," the LAPD said in a statement posted to Twitter. "The festival has concluded early. LAPD will be in the area assisting CHP with the investigation."
Besides the LAPD, the event’s organizer – LiveNation – also issued a statement regarding the brutal murder.
"There was an altercation in the roadway backstage," a spokesperson for the entertainment company giant said.
"Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers decided not to move forward with remaining sets, so the festival was ended an hour early."
Drakeo the Rapper was scheduled to perform at the festival alongside other famous stars and rappers like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Ice Cube.
Snoop even posted a message on social media following Caldwell’s death.
"My prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy. Please take care, love one another and stay safe y'all,” he wrote.