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Migos Rapper Takeoff Shot Dead in Houston

Kirshnik Khari Ball, aka Takeoff
Kirshnik Khari Ball, aka Takeoff

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Senior Correspondent

The continued spate of violence against Hip Hop artists has claimed its latest victim and one of the genre’s biggest names.

Takeoff, one-third of the super trio Migos, died early Tuesday after being shot in Houston.

TMZ reported that the shooting occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. with multiple witnesses on scene.

Kirshnik Khari Ball, aka Takeoff
Kirshnik Khari Ball, aka Takeoff

“We’re told Takeoff and Quavo were there playing dice when an altercation broke out and that’s when someone opened fire, shooting Takeoff either in the head or near his head. He was pronounced dead on the scene,” TMZ reported.

The outlet posted footage from the scene where Quavo and others are gathered around what appears to be a profusely bleeding Takeoff.

“Police tell us 2 other people were shot and were taken to the hospital in private vehicles. It’s unclear what their conditions are. Quavo was not injured,” TMZ reported further.

Just a couple of hours before the shooting, Takeoff posted a selfie from the bowling alley. Quavo had posted video earlier in the night, driving around Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday.

Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was the youngest member of Migos. Quavo was his uncle and Off-set his cousin.

They came together as a group in 2008 in Georgia and became multi-platinum hit-makers, releasing “Versace,” in 2013, and “Bad and Boujee” in 2016.

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