Tyrone Fleming, a star on a YouTube series, was found dead in New York City, according to local media reports.
Fleming, 40, a father of two, was stabbed to death in the Bronx, and police said that he might have known his killer, ABC7 reported. Police are working with new clues to track down the suspect.
Fleming is known to many as the character Tye Banga on his self-created YouTube series, “848,” set in The Bronx.
His co-workers at Con-Ed, where he worked for 14 years, became concerned when he didn’t show up to work. His body was later discovered in an apartment on University Avenue. His sister found him dead.
“He didn’t have problems with nobody, he was the only brother I had,” Tiffany Tucker, his sister, said. “I would never in a million years think this would happen to my family.”
Officials found surveillance footage of a person dressed in black leaving the building. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
“It must be someone he knew for him to open a door because he won’t even open the door if I come up, I have to call him first,” Tucker said.
Friends and family called him a good person.
“He was a hard worker, a family man, two kids, my heart goes out to his family, goes out to his children, his mother, everyone who loved him, everyone who touched him,” his co-worker Kenny Thomas told the ABC affiliate.
“To lose him is just terribly devastating,” friend Calvin Kennedy told CBS News.
Friends told CBS that they don’t believe that the killing was related to his web series.
His web series had 20,000 subscribers, and some episodes got more than 100,000 views each. Over the years, it amassed millions of views.
— 848 Team (@848webseries) September 28, 2015
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