Where is this violence coming from? Last month, it was singer Marc Cohn who was shot during a carjacking in downtown Denver. Sunday night, two highly regarded hip-hop artists were shot.

Michael Hope, 24, and Qutice McGaughy, 27, were sitting in a black Dodge Neon on 10th and Grant when they were shot. It happened shortly after 2 a.m. A third person in the car was not injured, but police said he refused to cooperate with the investigation. The victims are also known as ‘Innerstate Ike’ and ‘Cac’. The rappers grew up in Montbello and wanted to give young people hope for a better life. Ike and Cac handed out their CD’s for free at local recreation centers. Both of the victims have children. Their family and friends said they are at a loss for why someone would want to hurt the rising stars.

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