Migos Rapper Takeoff Shot Dead in Houston

Diego J. Ortiz, Reporter

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Earlier this week, Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, was killed outside a bowling alley in Houston. Two others – a 23-year-old man and 24-year-old woman – were also injured. They went to the hospital by themselves with no life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Michael Arrington, Houston Police dDepartment’s Homicide Division. The reason behind the shooting is still unknown.

Investigators say shots were heard out during an after-party attended by around 40 people. Ball was pronounced dead at the scene. Houston Police have advised that the situation is currently under investigation, and urged any witnesses to come forward with information to help authorities solve the mysterious case. “Anyone who has information on the shooter, let us bring justice to this family,” Mayor Sylvester Turner added during the press conference. “We will solve this case. We will find the shooter.” 

Takeoff was known as a member of the famous hip-hop group, Migos, where he shared the spotlight with his uncle, Quavo, and the latter’s cousin, Offset. They started off in 2008, going by the name Polo Club, but wouldn’t achieve their breakthrough until their hit single “Versace ” dropped in 2013.
Some of their hits include: “Open it Up”, “Deadz”, and  Stir Fry. Migos would find even more success later, collaborating with the likes of Drake, Kanye West, and Katy Perry. 

Many celebrities and fans of the rapper have given condolences all over social media. There will never be another Takeoff. His legacy and memory will live on forever. In the words of Takeoff, “We want our legacy to stand upon the youth. We want to give knowledge to the younger generation and be a part of changing the game.”

It is safe to say that he changed the game for good. Rest easy, Takeoff.