Arrests made in fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff

Police arrest two people in connection with the murder of famous rapper Migos Takeoff, who was an “innocent bystander” when he was fatally shot last month, Houston authorities said Friday.

Patrick Clark, 33, was arrested Thursday on a charge of murder, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference.

“We were able to conclude that Patrick Clark was the fatal shooter in this case and therefore he is charged with murder,” said Houston Police Department Sgt. Michael Burrow said.

The other suspect, Cameron Joshua, was arrested Nov. 22 on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon, the chief said.

“He was there on the scene and he had a weapon,” Finner said. “He’s a criminal.”

News of the arrests came a month after the Nov. 1 slaying of Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, outside a downtown Houston bowling alley. He was 28.

Officials said Takeoff and Quavo, 31, another member of Migos, were at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling. After the party ended, gunfire broke out near the entrance, police said.

Takeoff died of penetrating “gunshot wounds to the head and torso to the arm,” according to the Harris County medical examiner’s report.

During Friday’s press conference, Burrow said an argument outside the bowling alley after a dice game led to the shooting.

“I can tell you that Takeoff was not involved in the dice game, he was not involved in the altercation that happened outside,” Burrow said. “He was not armed, he was an innocent bystander.

“Definitely wrong place at the wrong time, there’s no evidence to say otherwise,” Finner added.

Police would not discuss whether Clark and Joshua knew Takeoff or whether they were invited to the private party.

The shooting remains under investigation, according to officials.

Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the suburban Atlanta rap trio that also included his uncle Quavo, real name Quavious Keyte Marshall, and cousin, Offset, aka Kiari Kendrell Cephus, 30. Migos emerged as a group in 2008 ., but didn’t make it big until 2013 when he released his massive hit “Versace,” which became even more popular when Drake appeared on the remix.

The group had four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, though Takeoff was absent on its multi-week No. 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 reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Takeoff also released a solo album, “The Last Rocket,” in 2018 .

Reactions of shock and devastation poured in from fans and musicians alike when news of his death broke.

“I have the best memories of us all seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” rapper Drake captioned an Instagram photo of him and Takeoff on stage. “That’s what I’ll focus on for now.”

Chance the Rapper share your photo with members of Migos on Twitter, writing: “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 will always acknowledge you, always make sure , that you are good and would always tell you to put God first. Man, I wish I had more times to see you on this earth.

A month before his death, Takeoff danced with Quavo at a listening party for their new album, “Only Built for Infinity Links.” The new album was supposed to be the next step in Takeoff’s already brilliant career.

“I spoke to Takeoff’s mother early this morning,” Finner said Friday. “We lost a good man and I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him, but everyone, the hundreds of people I talked to, talked about what a great guy he was.”

Julian McShane, Anthony Planas and Char Adams contributed.

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