WORCESTER (CBS) — A man from Worcester who had recently moved to Atlanta was killed in a shooting at a rap concert there over the weekend.

Giovan Diaz, 22,and Ewell Yona, 21, were killed in the shooting, which police said happened after two people climbed onstage between performances.

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Giovan Diaz and Ewell Yona. (GoFundMe)

Curtis Kariuka and Yona grew up in Worcester and just moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in the entertainment business.

“We were making this documentary about what it means to chase your dreams and stuff, we thought it was necessary to get out of our normal environment and have more opportunity so we, we just got a house down here,” Kariuka told WBZ-TV.

Two other people were wounded in the shooting.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the two deceased victims earlier had become rowdy and climbed up onto the stage during the break before the main act appeared,” Atlanta Police said in a press release. “Another patron took issue and an argument ensued.”

They said that man pulled a pistol out and shot Diaz and Yona, who had just moved to Atlanta a few months ago.

The concert, headlined by rapper and Dorchester native Cousin Stizz, was held at the Masquerade Club.

Cousin Stizz issued a statement saying he was “completely heartbroken” by the shooting.

Atlanta Police released a photo from the concert of two men they are looking for as “persons of interest” in the case.

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Two men being sought in connection to the shooting at the Cousin Stizz concert. (Atlanta Police)

One of those men had on a red plaid shirt and a mowhawk, and the other wore a dark plaid shirt.

Kariuka said, “”I saw 4 or 5 people just throw themselves down the stairs as fast as they could, that’s when I knew it was a shooting and I ran out and then I saw the shooter.”

Police said the shooting is still under investigation.


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