What we know about the case


Swedish rapper Einár was killed on Thursday, Oct. 21, and there are still many questions lingering around his shocking murder. The 19 year-old Einar was one of the most prominent rising stars in his country, and in other parts of the globe. But he was also a victim to gang violence. A report by NDTVHe was then shot. “execution style”Outside of his apartment building, Stockholm.

Einár was due in court three weeks after his murder to testify about his own kidnapping by rival rappers in 2020. Two other musicians were sentenced to prison for kidnapping Einár, holding him at gunpoint for hours and robbing him of valuable jewelry. After receiving death threats, he was forced to live anonymously. However, Stockholm police claim that he was shot at his home around 11 p.m. EST. Towe Hagg, spokesperson for Stockholm Police, stated that he was declared dead at the scene by first responders.

“We are actively working to figure out why it happened and who can be behind it,”Hagg said. Einár’s real name is Nils Kurt Erik Einár Gronberg, and his lyrics often referenced crimes including selling drugs and carrying illegal weapons. He was the most-streamed Spotify artist in Sweden in 2019, and has also been growing in popularity in other countries.

Einár reportedly had a public feud with fellow Swedish rapper Yasin, who was ultimately arrested and held in jail for 10 months over a conspiracy to kidnap Einár. However, the plan went forward without Yasin’s involvement — Einár was abducted last summer, robbed, beaten and blackmailed by his assailants. They also captured Einar in humiliating circumstances and shared the images on social media.

The kidnapping was included in a larger case under local authorities’ investigation. This involved 30 suspects in one. “criminal network.” One of the arrests included yet another Swedish rapper, Haval Khalil, who was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for his complicity in Einár’s kidnapping. His case is currently being appealed.

The appeal case was scheduled to go on until December, and Einár was reportedly summoned to testify in the trial next week. However, Einár was summoned to the original district court trial as well, but he never showed up, casting doubt on whether this played any role in his murder.

The drama aside, the tragedy is still felt by fans across the globe. Social media has been filled with tributes to Einár, including anecdotes about his friendliness and generosity with fans. You can stream his music now on all major services.