Detroit mourns death of DJ Slick B, shot and killed in attempted robbery

February 08, 2020, 11:02 AM

(Photo: Instagram)

Detroit's music community is morning the loss of a popular DJ who was shot and killed in an attempted robbery outside a gig on the city's west side Friday night.

DJ Slick B, or Byron Gilbert, 28, had apparently just wrapped up DJing the grand opening of the Hemp Museum, a dispensary on McNichols near Wyoming, when media outlets report the suspected shooter approached him and another man. Gilbert died of his injuries; WXYZ reports the other victim, 25, is expected to survive. 

Slick B's supporters reacted to the news on social media, with nearly 2,000 people commenting on the artist's final Instagram post.

Detroit rapper Stretch Money told WDIV he's devastated.

“I’m sick and tired of what’s going on in this city ... It doesn’t make any sense. No sense at all.”

City Councilmember Mary Sheffield also offered her condolences. 

DJ Slick B was a resident at the Annex downtown and also toured, with recent  performances at parties in Chicago and Miami. He had 26,000 followers on Instagram.

A tribute party for the DJ will be held at the Annex on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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