Migos Rapper TakeOff Last Interview a Week Before Death

Police confirmed the rapper Takeoff, a member of the well-known Atlanta hip hop group Migos, died from a shooting in Houston early Tuesday morning.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was in Texas alongside his uncle and rapper Quavo for Halloween. Police responded to the shooting outside a bowling alley around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Police Chief Troy Finner told reporters during a news conference Tuesday afternoon that he spoke to Takeoff’s mother who flew to Houston after the deadly shooting.

“I want everybody to understand the pain, the suffering of a mother — very tough,” Finner said. “I told her, as we stand with any victim of violence or any homicide victim, their family, we stand with them in this city, in this police department.”

A homicide investigator said it appears the shooting happened after an argument outside the bowling alley in downtown Houston, where a large group of people gathered following a private event there. The officer said many fled after the shooting, and now police are asking them to come forward so that they can catch those responsible.

“I ask you one thing, and I want this to resonate with everybody: what if it was your brother? What if it was your son?” Finner said. “You would want somebody to step up, so please step up [and] get the information to us so that we can bring some closure to this family who’s hurting right now.”

The chief said police believe two guns may have been used during the shooting.

“We have no reason to believe [Takeoff] was involved in anything criminal at the time,” Finner said. “Just as people described him, [Takeoff was] a very peaceful, loving, great entertainer.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Houston Police Department’s homicide tip line at 713-308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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