Any practicing Christian knows the sixth commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” Unfortunately, these holy words were not heeded by aspiring Christian rapper Ryan Salandy, 24, who was convicted Wednesday of second degree murder in the 2015 death of William McDaniel, 25. Prosecutors say Salandy intentionally hit McDaniel with his car in the Washington D.C. suburb of Clarksburg, Maryland.
The two had been friends and collaborators, however, a dispute over $300 worth of CDs led to vehicular homicide. Irate that McDaniel had never burned the promised CDs of Salandy’s gospel hip hop, the rapper left a string of threatening messages for the producer. “I’m going to f*** you up when I see you,” he said in one message, recorded the day before McDaniel’s death. In another, recorded later that day, he says, “We’re gonna see each other some day b**** boy. U better get me my s*** before it’s too late.”
The next day, Salandy confronted McDaniel near the producer’s home, and the two had words. Salandy sped off in his Saab, before circling back and slamming into McDaniel at nearly 40 miles an hour. The impact was so great it broke every bone in McDaniel’s two legs and literally knocked him out of his boots. He died instantly. Salandy fled the scene, eventually calling his mother, who would call 911 and tell them her son had been in an accident. Witnesses told a different story and Salandy was later arrested. Sentencing is expected next week and the rapper could receive 30 years to life.