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M-Bone slaying: Police interview witnesses to drive-by shooting that killed Cali Swag District star

May 17, 2011 |  1:31 pm

Police have talked to several witnesses to the Sunday night drive-by shooting of Cali Swag District member Montae "M-Bone" Talbert and have a description of the car that was involved.

But law enforcement sources told The Times that Inglewood police detectives still don't have a solid motive for the slaying or clear suspects.

Talbert was shot twice in the head when he stopped at a liquor store after leaving a recording studio in the 400 block of North La Brea Avenue.

Cali Swag District released a statement to MTV News urging people who know something about the circumstances of the shooting to come forward and help police. "As police are still investigating the shooting and untimely death we ask that anyone with information contact the Inglewood Police Department," the group said.

Photos: Vigil honors M-Bone

On Monday evening, about 200 family members, friends and fans gathered for a vigil in front of the liquor store where Talbert was slain. While a crowd stood on the sidewalk, two women danced to the group's hit "Teach Me How to Dougie."

The group's publicist, Greg Miller, told The Times the shooting appears to be a random act of violence. Big Wy, a group member, said Cali Swag District had no gang affiliations.

"People got to understand that this was a random thing," he told KABC-TV Channel 7. "You know, I mean these guys are not affiliated with gangs, have nothing to do with them.''

Miller issued a statement on behalf of Talbert's family, praising him as an "inspiration to his family, friends and fans" and an artist whose talents will be missed. "He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed," the statement said.

Several other artists expressed sadness over the slaying, including Jayceon Terrell Taylor, a.k.a. "The Game."

"Can I get a moment of silence for the lil homie M-Bone R.I.P. from Cali Swag District. A kid Gunned down in the streets of Los Angeles," Taylor tweeted.


Photos: Vigil honors M-Bone

M-Bone shooting motive unknown, police say

Cali Swag District rapper M-Bone killed in Inglewood drive-by

-- Richard Winton

Photos: Mary Alice Phillips leads a prayer at a vigil for her grandson, hip-hop artist Montae "M-Bone" Talbert. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times