23-year-old rapper William Pickering, also known as EBE Bandz and Billy Da, Kid, was found dead today. EBE Bandz has been missing since June 1.
Police announced today that they found EBE Bandz’ body in a suburb of Chicago, in unincorporated Winnebago County.
According to the Rockford Register Star, authorities located the 23-year-old's remains Thursday, nearly three weeks after he was reported missing. A criminal complaint filed in Winnebago County, Illinois, states Pickering was likely killed on or around May 25. Investigators say he was killed beaten with a bat before his body was set on fire.
Prosecutors are charging two men with murdering the Chicago rapper. William Arzate, 22, is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of concealing a homicide.
Miguel Ramirez, 22, is charged with one count of concealing a homicide.
The suspects' bonds were set at $1 million and $500,000. Police say they are also searching for 20-year-old Dakota Graff, who is wanted on a number of unrelated outstanding warrants.
Arzate is accused of hitting the victim in the head with a baseball bat, resulting in his death. Arzate and Ramirez then allegedly transported Pickering's body to the woods in Winnebago County, where they then set it on fire.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officers continue to look for other people of interest.
GBE Bandz started writing raps at the age of 16 after getting sent away to a program in Missouri after several run-ins with the law.
He gained notoriety not only for his music - but because he was the only white member of rap group GMEBE.
He first burst on the scene in 2015, after doing the below Vlad TV interview: