Stepfather of hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd killed in Tupelo shooting

Updated - According to, Sullivan is the stepfather of hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd.

Posted: Jan 7, 2020 9:39 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2020 4:39 PM

UPDATED Jan. 7 at 9:15 p.m.

Tupelo Police said around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the person of interest in the homicide investigation, 19-year old Michael Sullivan, was released from a local psychological care facility and was arrested for murder.

Lumpkin Avenue on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

He was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Lee County Sheriff's Department. 

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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo Police found a man dead following an apparent shooting Monday night.

Police Capt. Charles McDougald said officers responded to a home in the 500 block of Lumpkin Avenue at approximately 9:30.

The man died from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police identified the man’s adult son as a person of interest in the shooting.

They located the unnamed son and he is being held for psychiatric review, McDougald said.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green later identified the deceased man as Floyd Sullivan, 62.

She is sending the body for an autopsy.

According to, Sullivan is the stepfather of hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. The two brothers grew up in Tupelo.

The website reports the duo's younger half-brother, Michael Sullivan, is the person being held for psychiatric evaluation. However, Police have yet to confirm this.

Rae Sremmurd's publicist Juel Stanley released the following statement Tuesday to WTVA:

At this time on behalf of Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, we’d like to continue to keep the family in our prayers at such a delicate time. Both Slim and Swae Lee are deeply saddened by the death of their step father but are thankful for the love and support from him throughout the years of their upbringing.Though his untimely death has come at such a surprise, we ask that the public just keep the family in great prayer and respect their privacy at this time.

The City of Tupelo released the following statement:

Mayor Jason Shelton and his wife are currently vacationing out of the country but wanted to express their sadness and extend their sympathy to Slim Jxmmi, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd on the death of their stepfather, Mr. Floyd Sullivan. With close family and friend ties in Tupelo, Rae Sremmurd has continued to call Tupelo home, facilitating many projects to give back to those less fortunate. Mayor Shelton added “Mrs. Shelton and I and the City of Tupelo are appreciative of Rae Sremmurd’s continuous community support. Please know that we and the community you love and call home grieve with you, are praying for you, and extend our deepest condolences to you, your entire family, and friends during this difficult time.”

Because the death of Mr. Sullivan is under criminal investigation at this time, no further information will be released. The City of Tupelo and Tupelo Police Department will release more information as soon as possible.

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