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Rick Ross, Lil' Kim Parties End in Violence

August 7, 2008 3:28 PM ET

A pair of rappers both hosted ill-fated parties this week. Yesterday was the second annual Rick Ross Be Out Day in Miami. The event took place in the city's Carol City park, giving the local community a day of food and music and providing local children with back-to-school necessities, all sponsored by Ross himself. Everything was fine until Ross took the stage. At that point, gunfire erupted, causing the crowd to quickly flee. Reports fail to mention whether anyone was injured in the incident, but police confirm they have one suspect in custody while another remains at large. Whether this incident was retaliatory after Ross' corrections officer past was revealed remains unknown.

Also last night, the body of a 24-year old woman was found dead atop the roof of the NYC karaoke club where Lil' Kim hosted a birthday party on Sunday. The woman, Ingrid Rivera, reportedly attended Kim's party at the Spotlight Live venue before being asked to leave for entering the wrong restroom. Rivera was last seen talking to a bouncer. Rivera's body wasn't discovered until yesterday in a utility closet on the roof. Police suspect she was beaten by a blunt object, possibly a champagne bottle. Spotlight Live was closed yesterday as police gathered evidence.

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