There are new developments in the tragic case of Evon "YungLT" Young, the 22-year-old transgender man who was an emerging local rapper and songwriter. Young was tortured and killed on January 1. Five men have been arrested and charged.
Trial dates have been set "for June and July in the case being prosecuted by the Milwaukee District Attorney's office," reports the Wisconsin Gazette. "First-degree homicide charges [have been filed] against Victor Stewart, 27; Ashanti Mcalister, 19; Billy R. Griffin, 26; Ron Joseph Allen, 37; and Devin L. Seaberry, 23."
Police said detectives, landfill workers, a local excavating company and dog handlers conducted an exhaustive search under "challenging circumstances," but remains were not found. Investigators have found other physical evidence to support the charges issued by the district attorney's office, police said.
Family and friends refused to give up hope on finding Young's body. "We want the love and emotion from his family and see that he has supporters and people do care about him outside of those who knew him in his immediate family," said Tony Reese Jr., Young's former music manager.
Police believe that Young was killed as part of a brutal gang initiation. The "altercation stemmed from a vendetta Griffin had with [Young] and escalated into the group beating and then shooting Young."
Memorial services were held two weeks ago, reports NBC 4.
A music video dropped for YungLT's track "Room Full" in late November. Ironically, one of the murder suspects can be seen standing next to Young in the video. Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...