Chad Ford, better known as the Psychopathic Records-inspired, Kansas City-based rapper Creepyface, was killed nearly a month ago by his brother-in-law, Daniel Barlett aka the rapper Devil Boy, a former band mate of Ford’s in the group Wicked Wayz. The Kansas City Star reports:

… on Sept. 24, bullets took over for rhetoric in a showdown on the streets of Kansas City, Kan. The man behind the Creepyface persona, a 37-year-old husband and father of three named Chad Ford, was dead.

Ford’s brother-in-law, Daniel Barlett, who performed as Devil Boy, is being held in the Wyandotte County jail with bond set at $1 million. He’s charged with first-degree murder.

As the Star reports, the violence had been brewing for some time:

The Wicked Wayz breakup was ugly.

Barlett continued to perform as Wicked Wayz.

“He wouldn’t give Chad any credit for what he had created,” Smith said. “He stole it all and ran with it.”

That bred a festering resentment. Ford expressed his anger as Creepyface, making his case to his fans through rap videos “Laughing at You” and “I See a Hater.”

Until it all came to a head…

Two days later, Chad and Theresa Ford went to the Kansas City, Kan., municipal court to sort out a traffic ticket for their teenage daughter.

They ran into a friend of Barlett. Untold months of mounting slights and slurs turned into something worse.

Barlett and his cousin, Michael ‘Mikey Myers’ McKeehan, also a suspect in the murder, are being held in the Wyandotte County jail under a $1 million bond. We weren’t able to find any statement on the violence from Psychopathic Records or Insane Clown Posse – maybe because they had nothing to do with it, and have their own problems right now (which would actually make a statement more, not less, appropriate).

Supplemental: footage from one of Wicked Wayz’ final performances before the shootout on September 24th.

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