Two moms, aspiring female rapper killed in Benedict Canyon. Why?

More details are emerging about the victims of a shooting in Benedict Canyon Saturday morning that killed three women and injured four people.

The three who died, all of Chicago-area roots, were two moms and an aspiring rapper who a friend said was in LA for a music album release.

More than 30 shots rang out in a matter of seconds and hit the rented Porsche SUV in which the women were sitting early on Saturday morning. They had been among people linked to a short-term rental on the block where the shooting occurred.

Lifelong friends, they died sitting next to each other, police said.

The attack was not random but was directed against members of their group, LAPD Capt. Jonahan Tippet said. Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division have been combing security cameras in the upscale neighborhood and interviewing survivors, developing some strong leads on the shooter, officials said.

Iyana Hutton, 33, was trying to get into the music business before she was killed.

“Iyana had started to do well promoting her music and making her voice heard. they went out [to L.A.] Per [an] album release party,” said artist Mick E. Finnz, a longtime friend of Hutton.

Earlier that night they visited a bowling alley before returning to their rental home, he said. Finnz said he’s known Hutton since fifth grade and another victim, Nenah Davis, 29, since seventh grade.

Davis, from Bolingbrook, Illinois, was one of Hutton’s best friends, he said. She was a mother who once worked as a nurse. The third wife, Destiny Sims, 26, of Buckeye, Arizona, a mother of three and a hairstylist, grew up in Illinois before moving west with her family.

Finnz wondered if something happened at the bowling alley to trigger the fatal events that night. But Tippet said detectives had already checked and found no evidence of an altercation.

The investigators do not want to say what led to the murders.

According to Tippett, none of the women had a criminal history that would suggest a connection to such violence.

Keith Hutton, the aspiring rapper’s father, wrote on social media: “I never thought I would say that to any of my kids, ever in my life. My firstborn girl…I love you so much.

“Thank God for all the moments you and I have shared.”

That Facebook post was followed by a note saying he appreciated the condolences.

Sims was born and raised in Chicago, her mother, Donna Howard, told NBC 5 in Chicago. Howard said she had no idea what led to the shooting but was shocked beyond words.

“I wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone,” Howard wrote on Facebook. Two moms, aspiring female rapper killed in Benedict Canyon. Why?

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