It’s been nearly 20 years since the shocking death of one of the most dynamic and famous musicians in Dayton history.
Larry Troutman shot his brother, talkbox pioneer Roger Troutman outside of Roger Troutman's Dayton music studio as part of a murder-suicide on April 25, 1999.
Larry Troutman was later found dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Roger Troutman died at an area hospital.
The brothers were part of the legendary Dayton funk band Zapp and Roger Troutman had a successful solo career.
Hits include "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Doo Wa Ditty," "I Can Make You Dance," "Heartbreaker, "Computer Love," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "I Want to Be Your Man," and "California Love (2Pac featuring Troutman and Dr. Dre)."
An estimated 3,000 people attended their funeral.
Find articles below from Dayton Daily News archives related to the case and the funeral of Roger and Larry Troutman.
Except from the article “Troutman Brothers Shot Dead” published March 26, 1999 written by Lou Grieco and Khalid Moss.
On Sunday, Dayton police were called at about 7:20 a.m. to the alley between Catalpa Drive and Ravenwood Avenue behind Roger Tee Enterprises Inc., 2016 Salem Ave. Officers found Roger Troutman, who appeared to have been shot several times, Sgt. Gary White said. Witnesses told police the gunman had left in a black car.
Minutes later, dispatchers got a call about a car hitting a tree on the 2100 block of Harvard Boulevard, White said. Officers found Larry Troutman in the driver's seat of a black Lincoln. He appeared to have shot himself in the head.
"We don't know what this is about," White said. Witnesses weren't able to say anything about the dispute. Detectives planned to interview family members on whether there were problems in the family or the business.
One onlooker at the scene on Harvard was Williams. He wept as he remembered the Troutmans, who he said he had known for more than two decades. Williams said he was trying to contact Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, guitarist for the Ohio Players. Bonner taught Roger Troutman how to play guitar, he said. "He'll be upset," Williams said.
A former singer with the band, Larry Troutman had served as president of Troutman Enterprises Inc., whose interests included contracting, real-estate management and the three recording studios and a rehearsal space in the buildings near where Roger was shot. Those properties are listed in phone directories under the name Roger Tee Enterprises Inc.
Word of the shootings spread quickly Sunday through the neighborhoods along Salem Avenue. Midway through services at Omega Baptist Church, 1821 Emerson St., the Rev. Daryl Ward somberly announced them. At the taped-off crime scene near Harvard and Benson Drive, a steady stream of onlookers gathered as officers took photos and prepared to have the late-model Lincoln towed away.
The crime stunned Daytonians and music lovers around the world.
Radio stations around the nation paid tribute to Roger Troutman and his work.
Zapp hit it big as an all-brother outfit in the late 1970s.
Roger Troutman's music was part of the life soundtrack of those who come of age in the 1980s and 1990s.
In the 1990s, Roger Troutman lent his computerized vocals to popular songs for 2Pac (”California Love” the video for which he appeared in); H-Town (”A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”), Johnny Gill (”It’s Your Body”) and Eazy-E (”Eternal E”). His music also appeared in recordings by Snoop Dogg, Biggie Smalls, Redman, Blackstreet and MC Hammer.
The list of artists that sampled the Troutmans music include : Big Daddy Kane; BLACKstreet; George Clinton; Cypress Hill; Da Brat; Eazy-E; Notorious B.I.G.; Junior M.A.F.I.A.; Heavy D; EPMD; Jodeci; Lil' Kim; Method Man; Snoop Dogg; Janet Jackson, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur and Xscape.
Zapp continues to tour and put out music.