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Promoter Says Fabolous Was At Club The Night Of Friend’s Murder

Posted By on November 27, 2007

A club promoter who claims to have seen rapper Fabolous at New York City hotspot, Duvet, the night the rapper's friend was murdered there is speaking out.

As we previously reported, Fab (born John Jackson) claims to have been no where around when his longtime friend, 25-year-old Shamel McKinney was stabbed to death, early Friday morning (November 23). The rapper's attorney claimed he hadn't even gone to Duvet that night. But club promoter, Andre Faria, says that this is a lie.

"Fabolous was there," Faria told New York's Daily News. "He came in with about a dozen people between midnight and 12:30 a.m.," Faria's company, Party Time NYC, provides promotions for the club. "He brought the guy who was murdered with him, as part of his crew.

But Fab's lawyer is still disputing the rapper's presence at the club on W. 21st St. that night.

"I just called my client and have verified that he was not there at any point," Alberto Ebanks said last night "Absolutely, positively not there,"

Despite Ebank's assurances, Faria claims he's sure of what he saw.

The promoter said Fabolous left about 2 a.m. Friday, before the stabbing, saying he had a family obligation.

The rapper was reportedly giving security a hard time because they were frisking everyone, including the women in his camp. Security wasn't going to allow the group in because they weren't "dressed to impress, like the place wants," Faria said. They were wearing baggy jeans and sneakers.

Faria said that sometime after Fab exited, two women from his entourage got into a fight. Witnesses told Faria that McKinney was stabbed while trying to break up that fight.

Faria said his company had invited Fabolous to the club.

Cops have yet to make an arrest or determine what led to the slaying.