Rapper Takeoff Shot dead in Houston

US rapper, Kirshnik Khari Ball also known as Takeoff, from the chart-topping group Migos, was shot and killed in Houston on Tuesday.

His death has attracted tributes from many celebrities, including Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, Khalid and Dave.

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Migos were one of the most influential groups of their generation, pioneering a style of rapping in choppy, staccato triplets known as the “Migos flow”.

The band, who split earlier this year, scored several international hits including Bad and Boujee, Versace and Walk It Talk It.

The shooting took place at about 02:30 local time (07:30 GMT) on a balcony outside the 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley, where Takeoff had reportedly been playing dice with his uncle and bandmate, Quavo.

Police said 40 to 50 guests had been at a private party when someone opened fire. When they arrived, officers said they found a large crowd and a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said two other people were injured and were driven to hospital in private vehicles. No arrests have been made.

At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner pleaded with witnesses at the scene to come forward.

“Please step up, get the information to us so we can bring some closure to this family who’s hurting right now,” he said.

 

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