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Family wants reward offer in M-Bone murder

May 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Community activists are asking Inglewood officials to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer of rap artist M-Bone, who was gunned down Sunday night.

Mante Ray Talbert, aka "M-Bone," was shot to death as he sat in a car on the 400 block of North La Brea in Inglewood.

Community activists and Talbert's family and friends planned to go before the Inglewood City Council Tuesday night to ask for a reward in the search for the rapper's killer.

Known as "M-Bone," the 22-year-old was part of Cali Swag District. The group shot to fame with the release of "Teach Me How To Dougie," which set off a dance craze Talbert helped create.

Talbert was gunned down Sunday night outside an Inglewood liquor store as he sat in his car. Investigators say the motive remains under investigation as they continue their hunt for the killer.

Talbert was well-known in the Inglewood community. Family and friends say a large reward in the case would send a very clear message.

"It's not just the money," said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable. "It sends a real message that this city, this community, really appreciates what this young man represented in his short life and we're determined that his murder is not going to go unpunished, and we mean swiftly. And so it sends that strong message."

Now the "Dougie Dance" is so wide-ranging, even first lady Michelle Obama has performed the moves.

Friends called Talbert a hard-working, passionate artist and dancer. They're hoping a financial incentive from the city will help police catch those responsible for his murder.

If you have any information related to the case, you can contact Inglewood Police at (310) 412-5246.

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