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Hunt for suspects involved in rapper death

Police are looking for two people after rapper Chris Habiyakare was shot dead following an altercation at his home in Melbourne’s west.

Mr Habiyakare was at his home on Essex Street in Sunshine North on August 24 with two men and three women aged in their 20s, when he answered a knock on the door.

A group of men armed with a range of weapons, including a gun, forced their way into the house and a “confrontation occurred”, police said.

Mr Habiyakare’s friends ran from the property, with one woman smashing a window to get out.

Police said a physical altercation occurred between Mr Habiyakare and the group of armed men and he was shot.

The men left the area in at least one vehicle.

One of Mr Habiyakare’s friends returned, called triple zero and tried to perform CPR on him, but he could not be revived and died at the scene.

“Investigators believe this was a targeted incident, however the exact motive for the shooting is still to be determined,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

Police are investigating whether another fight on the morning of August 21 is linked to the shooting and released photos of two men they want to identify.

“I believe there are people out there who can identify those involved in Chris’ death,” Detective Inspector Tim Day said.

“It’s time for those people to do the right thing and come forward.”

He said Mr Habiyakare was known to police and had a history involving drugs.

Det Insp Day said he was much loved by family and friends, all of whom are still grieving his loss and “searching for answers as to why this has occurred”.

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