Swedish rapper Einar shot dead in suspected gang-related attack

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One of Sweden’s astir fashionable rappers has been changeable and killed successful Stockholm, further fuelling nationalist choler implicit a deadly wave of gang-related violence that has deed the state successful caller years.

Einar, 19, whose afloat sanction was Nils Kurt Erik Einar Gronberg, was Sweden’s astir streamed creator connected Spotify successful 2019 and released 3 chart-topping albums, winning respective Swedish Grammys and different euphony awards.

He was changeable aggregate times extracurricular an flat gathering successful the confederate Stockholm suburb of Hammarby Sjöstad soon earlier 11pm connected Thursday. Police person opened a execution probe and are looking for astatine slightest 2 suspects.

“We are actively moving to fig wherefore it happened and who tin beryllium down it,” Ola Osterling, a Stockholm constabulary spokesperson, told the nationalist quality bureau TT.

The Swedish nationalist broadcaster SVT cited unnamed sources arsenic saying the sidesplitting was gang-related and that Einar had been owed to attest successful a lawsuit against the alleged Vårby pack adjacent week. He had reportedly received decease threats successful caller months.

Police said CCTV footage from 2 surveillance cameras was being analysed, but declined to remark connected imaginable motives. The Aftonbladet newspaper said the rapper was changeable aggregate times from a region of astir 1.5 metres and was deed successful the chest.

Einar, whose breakthrough azygous Katten one trakten (The Cat successful the Area) reached fig 1 successful the Swedish singles illustration erstwhile helium was 16, often referenced a beingness of crime, including drugs and weapons, successful his songs. He had respective convictions for assault, cause offences and drink-driving.

Last April helium was kidnapped, beaten up and blackmailed for 3m Swedish kronor (about £250,000) by members of the Vårby gang, who had enlisted a rival rapper, Haval Khalil, to assistance lure him to a level successful the Swedish capital.

Weeks earlier, the aforesaid pack had tried and failed to abduct Einar astatine a Stockholm euphony workplace utilizing different rapper, Yasin, Sweden’s creator and hip-hop creator of the twelvemonth successful 2020, arsenic the bait.

In July this twelvemonth a court sentenced Khalil to 2 and a fractional years successful situation for aiding and abetting a kidnapping. Yasin, 23, whose afloat sanction is Yasin Mahamoud, was fixed a 10-month word for conspiracy to kidnap. Both contradict the charges and are appealing.

The sentences came arsenic portion of a broader lawsuit involving the Vårby gang, 27 of whose members were convicted of superior crimes including murder, attempted murder, robbery, extortion, abduction and cause and firearm offences.

Sweden has seen a wave of pack unit implicit respective years. A study this year said it was the lone European state wherever fatal shootings had risen importantly since 2000, going from 1 of the lowest rates of weapon unit connected the continent to 1 of the highest successful little than a decade.

The Social Democrat premier minister, Stefan Lofven, speaking successful Brussels wherever helium was attending an EU summit, said helium understood that Einar “meant a batch to galore young people. It is tragic that different young beingness has been extinguished.”

Johan Forsell, the instrumentality and bid spokesperson for the main absorption Moderates party, said the “limits of what tin beryllium accepted successful a civilised country” had been surpassed “a precise agelong clip ago. We request action, not words, to crook the tide and get Sweden successful order.”

Annie Lööf, the person of the Centre party, tweeted: “Once again a young person’s beingness is extinguished owed to pack violence. Once again parents indispensable hide their ain child. We are galore who mourn, who person had capable of the senseless violence, and privation to spot pack transgression fought.”