Rapper Martell Derouen, who performed under the name Kardone,
has died of a gunshot wound. He was 34.
San Antonio police discovered Derouen’s body inside his
apartment in central Texas on Tuesday while conducting a welfare
check, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The request for a police checkup on Derouen, who has been widely
reported as the “cousin” of superstar Beyoncé in local media,
was made by an unnamed person who hadn’t heard from the musician
for several days.
Reps for Beyoncé did not immediately return The Post’s request
for confirmation on her possible connection to Derouen.
Officials have issued a warrant for the arrest of Sasha Skare,
21, who was confirmed as a murder suspect, according to local TV
Skare was also involved in the San Antonio music scene and
released a single produced by Kardone in April. She was
previously charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
after a 2019 shooting that left one man dead and another
injured, court records show.
“There is no way to replace him but please help us find this
girl,” Derouen’s wife, Joia, wrote in a statement. “She is
dangerous and I do believe she will kill again. If you see her
please contact the police.”
Of her late husband, a “shaken up” Joia added, “He didn’t
deserve this” and asked for privacy while she tried “to digest
this senseless act.”
Fans of the up-and-coming emcee took to an Instagram account
allegedly operated by Skare, begging her to turn herself in to
Derouen, who was signed to the Sony Music record label The
Orchard in 2019, is remembered by his friend Brian Mitchell as
“a real subtle dude,” KSAT reported.
Mitchell praised the musician for refusing to name-drop his
alleged world-renowned “Run the World”-singing relative for his
own professional benefit.
”That’s not even something he would even mention to people,”
said Mitchell, owner of Fyngermade Studio. “We’d just have to
put [that information] in his bios because it’s just, it’s
worthy to put it in there, but he doesn’t like stuff like that.”
While investigators continue the hunt for Derouen’s alleged
killer, Mitchell continues to question why anyone would harm his
”It’s like hurting a butterfly,” he said.
The San Antonio Police Department is asking anyone with
information on Skare’s whereabouts to contact the homicide unit