Houston officials said Friday that police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of famous Migos rapper Takeoff.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference that 33-year-old Patrick Clark was arrested on Thursday and charged with murder. The chief said that Cameron Joshua was arrested on November 22 for possession of heavy weapons.
Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, was killed outside a bowling alley in downtown Houston on November 1. He was 28 years old.
Authorities said Takeoff and another member of Migos, 31-year-old Quavo, were at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling. Police said gunshots were heard near the entrance after the private party ended.
The take-off died from “gunshot wounds to the arm through the head and torso,” according to the Harris County Medical Examiner report.
Finner previously described Takeoff as “respectable and nonviolent” and said there was no reason to believe he was committing any crime when he was shot.
Takeoff was the youngest member of the Atlanta suburb rap trio Migos, which also included his uncle Quavo, real name Quavious Keyate Marshall, and cousin Offset or Kiari Kendrell Cephus, 30. The Migos emerged as a group in 2008 but didn’t have much success until 2013, when they released their massive hit “Versace”, which became even more popular with Drake’s involvement in the remix.
The group had four Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs, but Takeoff wasn’t in a few weeks of #1 #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 hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Takeoff also released a solo album called “The Last Rocket” in 2018.
Shock and devastation poured in from fans and musicians alike when news of his death came.
“I have some of the best memories of us all bringing light to every city we’ve seen and touched the world together,” rapper Drake wrote under an Instagram photo of himself and Takeoff on stage. “That’s what I’m going to focus on for now.”
Rapper Chance shared a photo with The Migos members write on Twitter, “It goes without saying that I’m heartbroken and confused… But I have to say that Take is a one-of-a-kind friend who always accepts you, always makes sure you’re okay. he always told you to keep God first. Man, I wish I had time to see you more in this world.
Takeoff danced with Quavo at a listening party for their new album “Only Built for Infinity Links” a month before his death. The new album was supposed to be the next step in Takeoff’s already illustrious career.
Julianne McShane, Antonio Planas and Char Adams contributed.