Cummings, who went by the stage name R.E. Clipz, has performed as a rapper on many stages across the area and founded Proficient Records based in Haverhill.
He has been in trouble with the law before and after graduating Newburyport High School in 2005. Cummings was last arrested in April 2012 by Haverhill police and charged with distributing a class B substance and conspiring to violate drug laws. Two years earlier, he and another man, Paris Cormier, a Salisbury native and well-known leader of a local gang called "Crimesquad 4 Life 3:19", were arrested by Amesbury police after an alleged stabbing in Haverhill. The two were charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after allegedly cheering on a mutual friend as he stabbed another man.
It is believed that Cummings and Dennis Jackson were acquaintances through mutual friends. At one point Jackson may have stayed at the Liberty Street beach house, according to a media outlet.
Authorities have released very few details on the murder, as a widespread investigation continues.
Earlier this week, three law enforcement officials confirmed to The Daily News that Friday’s search of the Liberty Street residence was related to the recent gruesome discovery of burned body parts in Boston and Bridgewater.
An Essex County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman declined to comment on the connection, saying her office wasn’t in a position to discuss the matter. As of today no arrests have been made in connection with the case.
The three law enforcement sources told The Daily News that police are looking into the possibility that the victim was killed at the Liberty Street house, dismembered and then brought to the Hyde Park and Bridgewater locations.