Arrests in fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff

    Police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of famed Migos rapper Takeoff, Houston authorities said Friday.

    Patrick Clark, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder, Houston police chief Troy Finner said at a news conference. Cameron Joshua was arrested on November 22 on gun possession charges.

    Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, was killed on Nov. 1 outside a downtown Houston bowling alley. He was 28.

    Officials said Takeoff and Quavo, 31, another Migos member, were at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling. After the end of the private party, gunfire erupted at the entrance, police said.

    Takeoff died from penetrating “gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the arm,” according to a report from the Harris County Medical Examiner.

    Finner previously called Takeoff “respected and non-violent” and said there was no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal when he was shot.

    Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the rap trio from the Atlanta suburbs that also included his uncle Quavo, real name Quavious Keyate Marshall, and a cousin, Offset, or Kiari Kendrell Cephus, 30. Migos formed as a group in 2008, but It wouldn’t get big until 2013, when it released its huge hit “Versace,” which gained even more popularity when Drake appeared on the remix.

    The group had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, although Takeoff failed to chart on the multi-week No. 1 “Bad and Boujee”, featuring Lil Uzi Vert. Migos released a trilogy of albums called “Culture”, “Culture II” and “Culture III”, with the first two albums reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Takeoff also released a solo album, “The Last Rocket” in 2018.

    Reactions of shock and devastation poured in from fans and musicians alike when news of his death broke.

    “I have the fondest memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” the rapper Drake wrote, captioning an Instagram photo of him and Takeoff on stage. “That’s what I’m focusing on for now.”

    Chance on the Rapper shared a photo of herself with members of Migos on Twitter, write: “It goes without saying that I am broken hearted and confused… But I have to say that Take is a unique friend who would always acknowledge you, always make sure you were good and you would always say to keep God first. Man I wish I had more time to see you on this earth.

    A month before his death, Takeoff danced with Quavo at a listening party for their new album ‘Only Built for Infinity Links’. The new album was supposed to be the next step in Takeoff’s already illustrious career.

    Julianne McShane, Antonio Planas and Charles Adams contributed.

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