Late last week, Colorado Springs police made their second arrest in connection with the death of a local rap musician, 30-year-old Iliff Omar Burleson.
Two weeks to the day after Burleson was fatally shot, police arrested 30-year-old Toumani Thomas on suspicion of first-degree murder. Thomas originally had been arrested on an unrelated first-degree assault charge stemming from a separate incident; the charges expanded after authorities began to suspect Thomas may have been the shooter in Burleson's death.
Burleson better known in the local hip-hop community by his stage name, Dat Boy O was killed Dec. 15 at the Chief Motel on South Nevada Avenue. His death came three weeks after an article in the Independent proclaimed him a growing local rap sensation (csindy.com/csindy/2006-11-23/audiofile3.html).
On Dec. 20, police arrested 29-year-old Mark Anthony Rivera for accessory to first-degree murder in connection with the same case.
On Tuesday, Sgt. Sal Fiorillo of the police department's homicide unit called additional arrests in the case "a possibility," but downplayed the likelihood.
"We've made our arrests," he said, "but there's always little things we've got to pick up."
The investigation, Fiorillo said, will continue until the case goes to trial.
"These things are always kind of ongoing," Fiorillo said.
At the time of his death, Burleson, who moved to Colorado Springs from Houston in 2005, was starting to climb the ladder of the local music scene. The last single released before his death, "Don't Blow Me Up," had earned airplay on KIBT-FM 96.1 The Beat and was placed on the hip-hop station's November mixtape CD, Hip-Hop Holiday.
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