80s singer Chico Debarge is mourning the loss of his son, Dontae Anderson-Debarge.
It’s being reported that Dontae was murdered on April 2 in Van Nuys — just outside of Los Angeles.
via Ace Showbiz:
Police confirmed they found a 35-year-old man dying on the street with multiple stab wounds. Officers said that they administered CPR on the victim but he could not be resuscitated. He was declared homeless.
The LAPD said in a statement, “Per Sgt. Fisher, Van Nuys Area Watch Commander, a homicide occurred at the above location. The victim (M/B/35 yrs) was found with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by LAFD.”
So far, there is no information about the suspect and it is unknown if the murder is gang-related. Police are currently actively investigating the case.
While police didn’t confirm the identity of the victim, it is presumed that Dontae was dead in the stabbing incident because his family and friends took to social media to mourn his death after reports of the incident surfaced.
“So Hurt & Angry Right Now,” read one tribute posted on Facebook. “Lord Knows I Tried To Help You Like Many Others Who Love You Dontae Anderson-Debarge. As I Look Through Your Photos With Tears Run Down My Face Can’t Help To Wonder ‘What More Could I Have Done’???”
It continued, “Calling Destiny Anderson Every Other Hour Checking On Her, & Don’t Ever Know What To Say To Auntie Vivian Warfield. Laying Here Reminiscing On All The Summers You Stayed With Me & My Kids. My Heart Aches For You.”
His cousin Damea Jordan wrote, “My Cousin Dontae Anderson-Debarge I love you and will always hold you in my heart. You will be missed! RIH. Xoxo thank you for all the good times we shared.”
Another posted, “Today as I celebrate my birth son’s birthday, I grieve over the son in my heart Dontae Anderson-Debarge. We always said that God brought us together. We searched for you when you were a baby. You found your family at a play in Chicago, as you brazenly and proudly made your way back stage and immediately into the hearts of your father and everyone’s else whose path you crossed. I will miss our check-ins (smoke signals), our fancy dinner dates with Chica Loved DeBarge.”
Prayers go out to the DeBarge family — they’ve been through a lot.