Beyonce’s “rapper cousin” was shot dead at his Texas apartment.
Martell Derouen ( A.K.A) Kardone, was reportedly found dead in his apartment in San Antonio on Tuesday.
during a welfare check at The Towers apartments located at 16735 La Cantera Parkway, after someone called
911 saying they hadn’t heard from the man for several days.
Derouen had rapped under the stage name Kardone since 2010. The Source covered his rising music career
in May 2019 saying he was known around his native Louisiana for being Beyonce’s cousin but was working
his way out of the superstar’s shadows.
Sasha Skare, 21, was identified as a suspect in Derouen’s murder. Skare has been out on bond since
January 2020 for previous charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a 2019 Austin drug
deal resulted in a man being killed, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Public records show Derouen is married to Joia Derouen. Cops are now searching for 21-year-old Sasha Skare,
NSL Learnt that there is an active murder warrant out for Skare.
Anyone with information on Skare’s whereabouts is asked to call SAPD’s homicide unit at 210-207-7635.
Friends of Kardone posted tributes to him on Instagram and sought justice.
“Unbelievable tragic lost. Rest In Power @lamkardone was always love, respect, & support for your music
grind,” one person said, tagging the rapper’s account.
In Kardone’s final Instagram post, he thanked friends for celebrating with him on Jan. 3. Skare’s relationship
to the rapper is unknown, but she was tagged in the photo of friends enjoying a night out and left
a comment with the praying hands emoji.