*Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were attempting to reconcile and she was hopeful about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday.
The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday morning inside their Park La Brea unit in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles after neighbors reported hearing gunshots and a woman screaming, police said.
Hayes was part of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s The Money Team and police have asked to interview him following media reports that he was on FaceTime with Hayes before the murder-suicide, homicide Detective Scott Masterson said.
“We know that there’s a relationship there,” Masterson said. “If he has anything significant to add to the investigation, we want to know.”
Two attorneys for Mayweather told The Associated Press that they had not heard from the boxer. He was due in San Antonio for a fight on Friday.
Moseley was a dancer and actress who appeared in the VH1 cheerleader drama “Hit the Floor.”
“We are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Stephanie Moseley,” VH1 said in a statement. “VH1 and the entire `Hit the Floor’ family send our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.”
Hayes and Moseley had been married for five years before separating “but they had recently gotten back together and were trying to work things out,” Masterson said.
Moseley had spoken to family members in Canada last Thursday and told them that “things were going pretty (well) and that she was upbeat and optimistic about things,” the detective said.
Investigators don’t know “what made it turn so violent Monday morning,” he said. TMZ reported that Mayweather may have “riled up” Hayes about Moseley’s alleged infidelity just before he shot her and took his own life.
TMZ is also reporting that a “ridiculous amount of weed” was found at the home – so much marijuana that “it required an armed guard to protect the stash as it was taken to a police lab.”
The website reports:
Law enforcement tells TMZ it’s a significant twist to the tragedy. We broke the story … rapper Earl Hayes shot and killed his wife, VH1 star Stephanie Moseley, in the bathtub and then turned the gun on himself. This all happened as Floyd Mayweather listened on FaceTime as his friend repeatedly fired shots.
We’re told cops found nearly 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana inside the L.A. apartment. It’s an enormous amount of pot … way more than for personal use. The estimated street value approaches $40K.
As we reported, Mayweather was riling Hayes up during the call, telling him he should divorce his wife because she was habitually unfaithful … allegedly having flings with various singers and rappers including Trey Songz. Hayes flew into a rage, walked into the bathroom and began firing.