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A chart-topping Swedish rapper has been murdered on the streets of the country's capital, according to reports.
Einar, 19, whose real name was Nils Kurt Erik Einar Grönberg, is believed to have been shot in the head and chest in "one of Stockholm’s most pleasant residential districts" Hammarby Sjöstad.
Officers were alerted to the incident at 10:50pm last night, officials said, but paramedics were unable to save the victim and he died at the scene.
A police investigation is underway but no arrests have been made.
Police in Sweden haven't released the victim's name, in line with usual practice, but the country's media report that the deceased is the popular rapper.
In a previous incident last year, Einar was abducted and sexually assaulted by rival rappers.
According to Mail Online, Police spokesman Ola Österling confirmed forensic teams have been hunting for evidence, and that several people have been brought in for questioning, but said it was not necessarily because they were suspects, but "because they may have things to say."
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told the TT news agency TT: "It is a young life that has been lost, and I understand that he meant a lot to many young people.
"It's tragic that another life has been lost."
Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg added in a statement to news website Expressen: "It is terrible.
"A young person has been brutally murdered. My thoughts are with the family and all the people who feel great sadness today.
"Now the police's murder hunt is in full swing."
Einar's music has topped the charts in Sweden and he won a Grammis Award, which are the country's answer to America's Grammy Awards.
He shot to fame back in in 2019 with the release of his track Katten i trakten which scored him his first number one hit in Sweden.
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Last year, he was kidnapped and beaten up by rival rappers with ties to a Stockholm crime gang. Several people, including Yasin Byn, another of Sweden's most successful rappers, were given prison terms for their role in the kidnapping.
The police spokesman, Mr Österling, said that investigators were working on the basis that there was more than one person involved in the murder.
He added that police have received several pieces of information about the suspects, and also suggested the murder may have been captured of CCTV.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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