ONE of Sweden’s most popular rappers was shot dead outside his home in Stockholm last night — a year after rivals kidnapped and sexually assaulted him.
Einar, 19, whose real name was Nils Gronberg, was killed in the capital city’s upmarket suburb of Hammarby Sjostad, with no arrests have been made so far.
Einar, who raps in Swedish, was the most streamed artist on Spotify in Sweden in 2019.
He was shot several times outside an apartment building shortly before 11pm last night.
Ambulance personnel administered first aid but he died at the scene.
Police have opened a murder investigation.
It comes three months after rival rapper Yasin was jailed for 10 months for masterminding a foiled plot to kidnap Einar, who was then tied up and beaten in a flat weeks later in an attack involving another Swedish rapper Haval Khalil.
The plan was ultimately aborted, but Einar was abducted several weeks later without Yasin’s involvement.
He was beaten, robbed, photographed in humiliating conditions and blackmailed, according to prosecutors. Pictures posted online showed him tied to a radiator and made to wear women’s clothing. He was also raped.
No one was charged with sexual assault in the case.
Several people, including Yasin Byn, another of Sweden’s most successful rappers, were given prison terms for their role in the kidnapping.
Responding to the killing of Einar, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told TT: “A young life has been extinguished, and I understand that he meant a lot to many young people. It is tragic.”
The rapper made his debut at 16, issued four albums, had tens of millions of streams on music platforms and won several Swedish Grammys and other awards.
Many of his songs refer to a life of crime, including drugs and weapons.
Sweden has lately been plagued by gang violence.
It has gone from having one of the lowest rates of gun crime in Europe to suffering one of the highest over the past two decades.
Johan Forsell, law and order spokesperson for the main Moderates opposition party, said it was time to put an end to gang violence in Sweden.
“The limits of what can be accepted in a civilized country have been passed a very long time ago,” he wrote on Twitter. “We need action not words to turn the tide and get Sweden in order.”
Minister for Gender Equality and Housing Märta Stenevi wrote on Twitter that “violence must be stopped”.
She said: “Another young man has fallen victim to the deadly violence. Behind every headline is a family that has lost a child. I am thinking today of all those who have lost a relative.”
Fans and pals expressed their grief on Einar’s social media.
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