Takeoff, one-third of the platinum-selling rap group Migos, was shot and killed early Tuesday in Houston, Texas, authorities said. He was 28.
Police received a call about a shooting around 2:34 a.m. local time, Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference Tuesday. Officers arrived at 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston where a private party was taking place and found a deceased person at the scene.
Two other people — a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman — were also injured in the shooting and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Michael Arrington with the Police Department’s Homicide Division.
Employees told police that after the party ended, a large group of people gathered outside the building near the front door and an argument ensued, leading to the shooting. Finner said at least 40 people were at the scene at the time of the shooting.
“Most of the people there fled the scene and didn’t stick around to give a statement,” Arrington said.
Finner identified the deceased as Kirshnik Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff of the Migos rap group.
“I got a lot of calls from Houston and outside of Houston, everybody talking about what a great young man he was, how peaceful he was, what a great artist (he was),” Finner said later, adding that the takeoff was highly honored. and non-violent.
“I don’t expect him to be involved … we have no reason to believe he was involved in any crime at that time,” Finner said.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said they had met Takeoff’s mother.
“It doesn’t matter how famous you are. You might not be famous at all,” Turner said. “Anyone who loses his or her life loses a life, and as a result there are grieving family members and friends.”
News of Takeoff’s death was a blow to the hip-hop community, which is still recovering from the fatal shooting of rapper PNB Rock in September. Stars took to social media on Tuesday to pay their respects and express their grief over the take-off.
Gucci Mane, who recently collaborated with Takeoff on the track “Us vs. Them,” wrote on Instagram that “this broke my heart” after hearing the news.
“This is dangerous. From the tragedy of the death to the tragedy of having a video of it online,” actress Keke Palmer shared on Instagram, referring to a video showing the dead rapper moments after he was shot. “It’s all a tragedy and I’m so sorry for his whole family and everything he touched. Really scary. ”
Rapper Ja Rule airs his grief over Takeoff’s violent death on TwitterWriting, “This has to stop… Sending love to friends and family.”
The Atlanta Falcons, too issued a statement on Twitter.
“Takeoff’s legacy lives on in Atlanta and around the world,” the team tweeted.
Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Takeoff began performing with his uncle and fellow rapper Quavo in 2008 as Migos with Offset. The trio rose to fame with their 2013 single “Versace”.
Their success increased with the release of their movie “Bad and Boujee” in 2016.
The song quickly became an internet sensation, giving birth to a slew of memes featuring the lyrics, “Raindrop, up.”
The song got another big boost after “Atlanta” creator and star Donald Glover name-dropped it during his acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
“I really want to thank Migos, not for being on the show, but for making ‘Bad and Boogie,'” Glover said at the time. “That’s like the best song.”
Takeoff and Quavo recently formed the duo “Unc & Phew” and released their debut album, “Only Built for Infinity Links,” on October 7th.
The music video for their song “Chaos” was released on Monday.
In a recent conversation on the podcast “Drink Champs,” just days before his death, Takeoff received accolades for his stellar performance on the new project.
“It’s time to pop, you know what I mean? Time to give me my flowers, you know what I mean?, Takeoff said. “I won’t need them later when I’m not here.”